The American West-its exploration and settlement, its opportunities and conflicts-fascinates young and old the world over. The attraction of the American West, however, is founded on more than simply its history. The lore of the West has taken on a life of its own, and its imprint can be felt in virtually every area of American life-in western movies on big and small screens, in western clothing on people who have never seen sagebrush or heard a coyote howl, and in western music emanating from radios around the world. This tangle of history and culture, of a living past and a nostalgic present, is at the core of this resource.
Features of this resource include:
- 193 signed articles which include:
- Topic summary
- One or more display boxes, including primary-source, literature, biographical, film, and feature panels
- Movie stills, photographs, diagrams, and other images
SCOPE The Old West: History and Heritage is two resources in one. It includes a comprehensive look at the historical American West and its neighboring territories to the north and south. It also recognizes that when the frontier West of history ended in the early 1900s, the West of myth and legend was already born. In examining the ongoing social and cultural impact of the West-the ways in which memory and myth cooperate and quarrel-and in including the region's lore alongside its history, The Old West takes a distinctive and imaginative approach to a period and a place unlike any other.