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Synopsis: Discusses the American myth of the frontier and looks at the Indian wars, industrialism, the railroads, and Custer's last stand
Review: The Fatal Environment is the second volume of Richard Slotkin's epochal study of the frontier myth in the cultural history of the United States. Like its predecessor, Regeneration Through Violence, the book discusses the archetype of the lone frontiersman/Indian hunter and how it has been used to rationalize the destructive excesses of American territorial expansion. Time and time again, the hunter/killer exerts a power over the wilderness that rests not upon the inherent superiority of his white civilization, but on the psychic absorption of the "barbaric" customs of the peoples on the uncharted landscape.
Slotkin begins by elaborating on the themes of the previous study, specifically showing how the mythic Indian fighter, who defined sectional interests in the decades prior to the Civil War, evolved into the frontier aristocrat, who not only possesses the virtues of the "leatherstocking" hero but also demonstrates the ability to lead men in erecting large-scale, technologically complex enterprises. Thus, Slotkin argues, popular imagery concerning the conquest of the West was made to reflect the interests of post-Civil War industrialized capitalism.
Custer's Last Stand epitomizes the transformation of the frontier hero from warrior to robber baron. In the book's most vivid chapter, Slotkin shows how the popular press turned the Boy General's defeat into a call not only for the destruction of the Plains Indians but for social controls over the immigrants who formed the emerging, potentially militant, urban proletariat. The Fatal Environment makes a compelling case that the culture of cowboy capitalism was steeped in the suppression of class conflict. --John M. Anderson
Title: The Fatal Environment: The Myth of the ...
Publisher: Macmillan Pub Co
Publication Date: 1985
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Atheneum 1985(85) New York, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. Good plus or better, light general wear. First Edition Cloth Sm hole in cloth bottom front edge. Edgeworn, edgetorn jacket. Ink underlining throughout Prev owner's name inside front cover. Seller Inventory # BOOKS036212
Book Description Scribner. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0689114109I5N00
Book Description Scribner. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. An ex-library book and may have standard library stamps and/or stickers. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0689114109I5N10
Book Description Macmillan Pub Co, 1985. Condition: Good. 1st. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP10316944
Book Description Macmillan Pub Co, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0689114109
Book Description Macmillan Pub Co, 1985. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0689114109-2-4
Book Description Atheneum, New York, 1985. Cloth. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Mildly edgeworn dj protected in mylar. Two small (sixteenth inch) ink marks on fore edge. Orange (author's name) on spine about half-faded. Seller Inventory # 006397
Book Description Macmillan Pub Co 1985-04, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: good. 1st. 0689114109. Seller Inventory # 704592
Book Description Athenum, N.Y., 1985. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. First Edition. 636 pages, Several chapters on Custer, the Little Big Horn, Sitting Bull, etc. Swinford 40. Seller Inventory # 7668
Book Description Macmillan Pub Co, US, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. First Printing. Pages are clean, no markings from previous owners. Boards are clean and square. Binding is tight. Faint wear to cloth at spine ends and corners. Text block is clean. DJ is clean, bright and unmarked. Dust jacket slight front edge wear. Seller Inventory # 85367