Cowboys As Cold Warriors: The Western and U.S. History by Stanley Corkin

By Stanley Corkin

Even though the USA emerged from global warfare II with superpower prestige and speedy entered a interval of financial prosperity, the stresses and contradictions of the chilly warfare however forged a shadow over American existence. a similar interval marked the heyday of the western movie. "Cowboys as chilly Warriors" indicates that this was once no accident. It examines a few of the major westerns published among 1946 and 1962, studying how they answered to and encouraged the cultural weather of the rustic. writer Stanley Corkin discusses a dozen motion pictures intimately, connecting them to one another and to various others. He considers how those cultural productions either adorned the parable of the yank frontier and mirrored the period within which they have been made. motion pictures mentioned comprise: "My Darling Clementine", "Red River", "Duel within the Sun", "Pursued", "Fort Apache", "Broken Arrow", "The Gunfighter", "High Noon", "Shane", "The Searchers", "Gunfight on the okay Corral", "The outstanding Seven", "The Alamo", "Lonely Are the Brave", "Ride the excessive Country", and "The guy Who Shot Liberty Valance". Stanley Corkin is Professor of English on the college of Cincinnati and writer of "Realism and the start of the trendy united states"

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The notion of aptitude is infused with notions of American exceptionalism, AngloSaxon racial superiority, and the inevitable subordination of women to men. The frontier, as a locale away from the social artifices caused by overcivilization, allows for those who are naturally superior to reIgn. John Ford's My Darling Clementine and Howard Hawks's Red River were prestige productions that employed name directors, important stars, and high-cost on-location shoots. Indeed, these films reveal the film industry's investment in this genre as a popular form ) Although Michael Coyne has noted in his thorough summary of both films' critical receptions that there was some equivocation about My Darling Clementine, both movies attained the status of "classic" almost immediately.

Viewed as a postwar drama, Red River shows the incorporation of a remote region into the world economy as an act of both national greatness and financial logic. 10 But even as it treats the cattle drive as epic and Dunson as mythic, Red River tells the story of a mutiny on the range. After two men who deserted the drive are returned to Dunson, he declares that he will hang them. At this point, Garth takes control of the herd and the drivers, who are on the verge of rebellion, and reroutes the drive to Abilene.

Thus, the Marshall Plan offered inducements-loans, a means of staving off the threat of a massive reallocation of resources -that ensured the persistence of the capitalist class . Those in the United States who sought viable but less industrially able trading partners freely equated the political system of liberal democracy with the economic system of world capitalism. But in public expressions, economic imperatives were often deeply buried under expressions of politics and morality. As the historian Patrick Diggins notes, by 1947 " the United States found itself aligning with countries that were neither liberal nor democratic but simply anticommunist" (1988, 72).

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