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Land of savagery/land of promise : the European image of the American frontier in the nineteenth century / by Ray Allen Billington.

1st ed.. New York : Norton, [1981] .
ISBN 0393013766, 0393012761

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Subjects Europe.
États-Unis (Ouest) -- Opinion publique européenne.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Public opinion.
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.) -- Public opinion -- History -- 19th century.
Opinion publique -- Europe.
Public opinion -- Europe -- History -- 19th century.
Public opinion, European.
Public opinion.
United States, West.
Vie des pionniers -- États-Unis (Ouest) -- Opinion publique.
West (U.S.) -- Foreign opinion, European.
West (U.S.) -- Foreign public opinion, European -- History -- 19th century.
Description xv, 364 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Copyright Date [1981]
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-352) and index.
Contents Prologue: early visions of the new world. Nature glorified: the golden age ; Nature degraded: the view from America ; Nature in eclipse: seventeenth-century rationalism ; Nature glorified: the age of romanticism ; The noble savage ; The changing image: the captivity narratives. -- The image-makers: land of savagery. Europe's Coopermania ; The cult of the western ; Beginnings of realism: the early novelists ; The impact of the western ; The sensationalists. -- The image-makers: land of promise. The promoters ; The "America letters" ; The travelers. -- The look of the land. The woodlands frontier ; The prairies and the plains ; Mountains and deserts of the far west -- Native Americans: from noble to ignoble savagery. Europeanizing the noble savage ; "Bad" Indians: evil incarnate ; The ignoble savage. -- Native Americans: doomed to extermination. Frontier savagery: the European view ; Official savagery: federal Indian policy ; Extermination justified: the imperialistic view ; Extermination deplored: the humanitarian view. -- The frontiersmen: heroes vs. villains. Hunters and plainsmen ; Squatters and backwoodsmen ; Enter the cowboy. -- Pioneer farmers: unsung heroes. Portrait of the pioneer ; Cultural decay -- or renaissance? ; Religious fanaticism ; Uncivilized manners. -- Europeans view the western character. Frontier materialism ; Frontier wastefulness ; The restless temper ; Optimism and the spirit of progress ; The work ethic ; Frontier ingenuity ; Frontier puffing. -- Land of opportunity. The garden of the world ; The American urge ; The lure of pioneering ; The rewards of labor ; Frontier success -- and failure. -- Land of Equality. The basis of frontier equality ; Frontier equality ; Frontier liberty ; Frontier democracy. -- Land of savagery. Centers of lawlessness: the Mississippi valley ; Centers of lawlessness: the far west ; Frontier law enforcement ; Frontier nativism. -- The European reaction. Emigration and its impact ; The political impact ; The social impact. -- Epilogue: the persisting image. The role of western fiction ; Celluloid westerns ; Frontier cultism ; The image in modern perspective.
Genre History.
Geographic Area Europe
West (U.S.)
Network Numbers (OCoLC)5946517
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Billington, Ray Allen, 1903-1981.
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