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  • ISBN: 9780252067877
  • ISBN10: 0252067878

Wild West Shows

by Paul Reddin

  • List Price: $39.00
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
  • Publish date: 06/01/1999
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"Historian Reddin . . . kicks up the dust with this fast-paced and fact-packed book on how Wild West shows from the 1830s through the 1930s capitalized on new methods of mass entertainment and presented the American West as the essence of 'national character.'. . . With a sure eye and a steady hand, Reddin hits the mark every time in his insightful and very readable book." -Library Journal"With acute historical insight, Reddin examines the contribution not only of Catlin and Mix but, most fully, William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody and the Miller brothers 101Ranch show. . . . Reddin's book offers analysis and scope missing in these volumes; it is superior for the shades of meaning and thematic discussions that the author expertly explores beyond the stated essence." -Choice"A work of prodigious learning. . . . The author has delightfully crafted a history of a uniquely American entertainment." -- L. G. Moses,Western Historical Quarterly"Very thorough research. Fresh readings using new material." -Silver City Press"An important history of wild west shows . . . equally valuable for its contribution to ongoing debates about the meaning and function of American mass culture products, especially in terms of their export to Europe and reception by Europeans." -- Robert W. Rydell,Nebraska History"Wild West shows are a highly visible and oft-mentioned fact of early American popular culture, yet the scholarly literature on this important subject is relatively thin. . . .Wild West Showsexpands and revises our understanding of this important facet of antebellum and postbellum American popular culture." -- Mike Allen,Oregon Historical Quarterly"A valuable book. . . . For teachers and students this book is a wonderful departure point for research and discussion on popular culture and the American West." --Canadian Social Studies"An entertaining and informative look at four important contributors to a decidedly American invention." --Denver Westerners RoundupADVANCE PRAISE"Prodigiously researched, clearly organized, and lucidly written,Wild West Showsaddresses a highly popular and significant element of nineteenth-century American popular culture that has been largely overlooked by scholars."-Paul Fees, curator, Buffalo Bill Historical Center"Reddin presents valuable interpretations of notable shifts in American culture between the 1830s and 1930s. His thorough, probing study of cultural and image formation particularly expands our understanding of American popular culture and the American West."-Richard Etulain, author ofReimagining the American West: A Century of Fiction, History, and Art
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