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ISBN:
0520060261
Author:
Roger D. McGrath
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Americas
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English
Publisher:
University of California Press; Reprint edition (March 23, 1987)
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304 pages
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What happened at Bodie and other frontier towns is the subject of Roger D. McGrath's Violence on the Frontier, and it is replete with surprises. McGrath takes a sharp look at western violence by comparing community life during the heyday of two California mining camps, Bodie and Aurora.

What happened at Bodie and other frontier towns is the subject of Roger D. Few if any incidents escaped his keen eye, and he writes with relish about what he found. Martin Ridge, California Magazine. Why is America so violent? When that question is raised, the old chestnut of frontier heritage is inevitably pulled from the fire.

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This book attempts to answer these questions and others about violence and lawlessness on the frontier and do so in a new . Roger D. McGrath was a . Marine and history professor at UCLA. He currently is at California State e. Библиографические данные.

This book attempts to answer these questions and others about violence and lawlessness on the frontier and do so in a new way. Whereas most authors have drawn their conclusions about frontier violence from the exploits of a few notorious badmen and outlaws and from some of the more famous incidents and conflicts, I have chosen to focus on two towns that I think were typical of the frontier-the mining frontier specifically-and to investigate all forms of violence and lawlessness that occurred in and around those towns.

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Gunfighters, highwaymen & vigilantes. Violence on the Frontier. It is not an easy job. Writers from Tocqueville to Frederick Jackson Turner, Walter Prescott Webb and Bernard De Voto, and more recent revisionists like Frederick Turner in ''Beyond Geography'' have plumbed the frontier experience for the roots of good and evil in America.

Gunfighters, Highwaymen, and Vigilantes Violence on the Frontier

Gunfighters, Highwaymen, and Vigilantes Violence on the Frontier. by Roger D. McGrath (Author). Gunfighters, Highwaymen, and Vigilante is a critical source for anyone looking to understand the larger world of the American West and the underpinnings of society at the time. McGrath's contextual study, while focused on California, is both authoritative and entertaining and deserves a valued place in any library with a focus on outlaw-lawman history. The Tombstone Epitaph.

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From the Preface:On the frontier, says conventional wisdom, a structured society did not exist and social control was largely absent; law enforcement and the criminal justice system had limited, if any, influence; and danger--both from man and from the elements--was ever present. This view of the frontier is projected by motion pictures, television, popular literature, and most scholarly histories. But was the frontier really all that violent? What was the nature of the violence that did occur? Were frontier towns more violent that cities in the East? Has America inherited a violent way of life from the frontier? Was the frontier more violent than the United States is today? This book attempts to answer these questions and others about violence and lawlessness on the frontier and do so in a new way. Whereas most authors have drawn their conclusions about frontier violence from the exploits of a few notorious badmen and outlaws and from some of the more famous incidents and conflicts, I have chosen to focus on two towns that I think were typical of the frontier--the mining frontier specifically--and to investigate all forms of violence and lawlessness that occurred in and around those towns.
  • Tygrafym
The one and two star reviews on this book are puzzling. Among people with a serious interest in the Trans-Sierra, Aurora/Esmeralda, Bodie, the Indian Wars of the Owens Valley, the border dispute between California and Nevada and the Gold Rushes of the Eastern Sierra, this is considered the definitive work. All the other books that followed this one rely on it heavily and thank Roger profusely for his work. For the reviewer who said it covered one town, he obviously never read it. It covers events from the Southern Owens Valley to North of Bridgeport and East of Aurora; that’s a lot of territory in a time that literally shaped California and Nevada.

If you want to be familiar with the events that shaped that part of California as well as the boom periods of the two rowdiest towns of the era, do yourself a favor and buy this book; you won’t be disappointed.
  • Yanki
The results of thorough research presented in a manner enjoyable for almost everyone is how I would describe this book. The question is how violent was the frontier. McGrath's answer seems to be very, but not in the way people, might think. The towns studied here were notoriously violent but as McGrath shows, the violence was limited to particular situations. Shootouts in the saloon, for example, were frequent but women and children could walk the streets safely.

Roger McGrath is one of a dying breed of historians who care about facts and research. Get this book if you have any interest in either the old west or the history of violence in America.
  • Llathidan
I loved this book! It is instructive, entertaining, and at times it is also really, really funny. The book also has a lot of pathos. Kudos to this author! He should be writing scrips for movies! Well done!
  • Dolid
Great book, dispelling the myth of the violent west. By comparison to modern day mid-sized cities or small towns, we are 30 times more violent than the most violent old west mining town (mining towns were notoriously violent compared to eastern towns).
  • Uleran
Fantastic overview of Western History in the Trans-Nevada country, McGrath delves into a range of topics and his ending historiography is foundational to an understanding of the contemporary historical field of Western Law and Order
  • Fani
I bought this as a gift for my husband. As a major history buff, he loves it. Roger McGrath is a favorite historian of his and this book definitely did not disappoint.
  • Mopimicr
This book is brand new - for three bucks! Roger McGrath is a well-known western historian, and although I hadn't heard of most of the incidents in this book, they are still very intesting to read about. I would recommend this seller to anyone.
If you want to read real history, this is the real deal. better than watching a movie.