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The Wild West, An American Story!

While Europe was experiencing unprecedented growth during the industrial revolution in the 18th and 19th century, America was under going the growing pains of a new nation. It was a nation so vast as to be unfathomable to its newest recruits immigrating to this land of opportunity.

The Wild West, An American Story!

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The industrial era of manufacturing, mining, agriculture, transportation and technology made its way to America but west of the Mississippi is where the true cowboy changed the perception of America forever. It was a beautiful but harsh existence with few luxuries where the big cities fancy buildings were traded in for the log cabin, trading posts and small towns. Cattle ranches, cowboys, Indians and outlaws became synonymous with the Wild West!

The cowboy is the quintessential symbol of America’s Wild West and a cultural expression of life in the western portion of the United States. Buffalo Bill Cody was largely responsible for this perception with his Wild West Show which he took to Europe. He created a caricature, a stereotype of the Wild West with sharp shooting cowboys and girls including Annie Oakley and Wild Bill Hickok, skits he participated in where he plays himself, Native Americans in full Indian dress and trick riding. The show was such a success that the audiences couldn’t help but romanticize about the American way of life and many were willing to take the long ocean voyage and trade it in the old way of life with the infinitely more exciting Wild West.

In the late 1800s, the Dime Novels glamorized the frontier with stories from Edward L. Wheelers “Hurricane Nell and Calamity Jane,” fearless western women who’s life was so different from the gentile ladies of the east. Louis L’Amour wrote many western novels including “Mustang Man, The Sackett Brand and How the West was Won.” Although he started his writing in the pulp fiction era, he went on to write over one hundred novels until his death in 1988.

Another highly popular novel was “The Virginian” written by Owen Wister in 1902. So popular was this story that it later became a television series in the 1960s.

The pulp fiction era was truly a golden age of fiction and the western genre found a new home there. Some writers, such as L. Ron Hubbard wrote westerns stories from real life experiences. Such is the case with his western novel, “Buckskin Brigades” which he wrote in 1937.

Hubbard was born in March of 1911 in Nebraska but was raised in Montana’s Wild West. He befriended a Blackfoot medicine man and was later indoctrinated into the tribal brotherhood. The novel “Buckskin Brigades” accurately describes life with the Blackfoot Indian tribe. A friend and fellow author Frederik Pohl once proclaimed, “The instant Ron’s stories appeared on the newsstands, they became part of every fan’s cultural heritage.”

From 1929 to 1941 Hubbard had written a staggering 15 million words of more than two hundred stories and novels spanning all popular genres: western, mystery adventure, fantasy, science fiction and even romance – that cultural heritage was indeed rich.

The Wild West landscape was harsh and unrelenting but undeniably beautiful. Stories from the Golden Age of pulp fiction preserve this unique part of our history. So rustle up a good book and enjoy!

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