(Excerpt) Anarchy in the United States: A Closer Look at the Era of the Wild West | Strike-The-Root: A Journal Of Liberty

It is well known that commonly accepted history is not always what actually happened, so much as what has been propagated the most. There is, however, a level of comfort afforded those who may be mistaken regarding our past; after all, what is repeated most often becomes reality. The Wild West gained its colorful reputation through the propagation of dime store novels and poor Hollywood representations. The formation of the legendary Wild West show in 1883 by Buffalo Bill Hickok and others helped to spread the myths long before television. These shows, books and finally the movies demonized the Injuns and glorified the rough and tumble of the outlaw’s lifestyle. Instead of showing millions of people the truth, which would have never sold a book or a ticket, they showed the highlights. What was glorified and eventually memorialized via film by stalwarts like Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne were the negatives.

The Wild West became a place where every day at noon there was a shootout, facing your opponent and gunning him down was accepted as long as you had a badge, the Earps were happening and the Indians were crazy savages that always lost to the cowboys…..

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via Anarchy in the United States: A Closer Look at the Era of the Wild West | Strike-The-Root: A Journal Of Liberty.

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