There are various myths that have been created regarding the American West due to the lack of accuracy in the retelling stories of the West in the form of a cinematic film. Westerns focus on the action of the moment and heroics or misdeeds of the characters. These acts of heroism or crime are fantastically… Continue reading Bank Robbers in the American West
What most people do not know about the great law man Wyatt Earp is that he was a cold blooded murder who chose to take the law into his own hands. Glorifying stories and false imagery have given Earp the image of a super-hero of the American West, but very few know the true story… Continue reading Wyatt Earp Belongs On The Other Side Of The Law
When people think about the 19th century American West they see a violent, lawless place filled with shoot outs, guns, and robberies. The myth I will be investigating is if the West really was a violent and uncontrolled place as depicted in pop culture. In my analysis, I would like to exclude large massacres and… Continue reading How Violent was the West?
When the name Jesse James comes into mind, we think of a bank robbing murderer from the wild American West. Although this common conception holds many different stories, I will be analyzing who Jesse James was to people of the time period. James was undoubtedly an outlaw, but was he a man of brutality, recklessness,… Continue reading Jesse James: Outlaw or Hero?