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Abigail A. Kohn

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195150513

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150513.001.0001

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Cowboy Lawmen

Cowboy Lawmen

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(p.83) 5 Cowboy Lawmen
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Shooters
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Abigail A. Kohn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150513.003.0015

This chapter discusses the role of cowboy lawmen in gun culture in the U.S. It explains that Americans have long romanticized the American West and the frontier as places that forged some of the most legendary heroes of American history. These heroes were the gun-toting cowboy lawmen. This chapter suggests that cowboy action shooting dramatizes the central theme of American mythic history: that American identity was reborn and remade through violent conflict, and it contributes to the ritual enactment to this legendary time in American history.

Keywords:   cowboy lawmen, gun culture, U.S., American West, frontier, American history, cowboy action shooting, American identity, mythic history

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