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The Western: America’s Story, Part Two
Scholars are divided over American’s fascination with the Old West. Some say the Western film is more flawed and less heroic than movie audiences assume. Others say the films reflect the real hardship and courage of Nineteenth Century America. What do Westerns say about American life? And what do they say about our changing view of history and heroes?
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R. Philip Loy
Professor of political science at Taylor University
Author of Cowboy: How Hollywood Invented the Wild West
Co-director of film studies at the University of California at Davis
Originally Aired: 5/22/2003
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