The Fatal Environment: The Myth of the Frontier in the Age of Industrialization, 1800-1890

TitleThe Fatal Environment: The Myth of the Frontier in the Age of Industrialization, 1800-1890
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsSlotkin, Richard
Number of Pages636
PublisherUniversity of Oklahoma Press
CityNorman
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In The Fatal Environment, Richard Slotkin demonstrates how the myth of frontier expansion and subjugation of the Indians helped to justify the course of America's rise to wealth and power. Using Custer's Last Stand as a metaphor for what Americans feared might happen if the frontier should be closed and the "savage" element be permitted to dominate the "civilized," Slotkin shows the emergence by 1890 of a myth redefined to help Americans respond to the confusion and strife of industrialization and imperial expansion.

Short TitleThe Fatal Environment
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