By Stanley Corkin
Notwithstanding the us emerged from international struggle II with superpower prestige and speedy entered a interval of financial prosperity, the stresses and contradictions of the chilly warfare however forged a shadow over American existence. an identical interval marked the heyday of the western movie. "Cowboys as chilly Warriors" exhibits that this used to be no twist of fate. It examines a number of the major westerns published among 1946 and 1962, studying how they answered to and motivated the cultural weather of the rustic. writer Stanley Corkin discusses a dozen motion pictures intimately, connecting them to one another and to various others. He considers how those cultural productions either adorned the parable of the yank frontier and mirrored the period within which they have been made. motion pictures mentioned contain: "My Darling Clementine", "Red River", "Duel within the Sun", "Pursued", "Fort Apache", "Broken Arrow", "The Gunfighter", "High Noon", "Shane", "The Searchers", "Gunfight on the okay Corral", "The really good Seven", "The Alamo", "Lonely Are the Brave", "Ride the excessive Country", and "The guy Who Shot Liberty Valance". Stanley Corkin is Professor of English on the collage of Cincinnati and writer of "Realism and the start of the trendy united states"
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Continuing problems of overproduction in the last three decades of the nineteenth century had resulted in erratic cycles of economic boom and bust-and all the social disruption that such cycles cause. Patrician intellectuals, such as Brooks Adams, Josiah Strong, Theodore Roosevelt, and military strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan, had devised a means by which the United States could become the preeminent world power through a multitiered strategy of economic and military penetration into the underdeveloped areas of the globe - and, in particular, into the Pacific Rim.
These two films are emblematic of an emphasis visible in post-World War II Westerns: They ask audiences to engage affectively in a view of the United States that allows for acts of empire or hegemony to be seen as the expression of a rational and moral imperative that will ensure progress and promote the development of civilization. In ways that are fairly typical of the genre, My Darling Clementine and Red River present the annexation of western lands as a matter of inevitability. Specifically, the question they present is how parts of Arizona and Texas will be integrated into the national fabric, not whether they will be or whether they should be .
Cowboys As Cold Warriors: The Western and U.S. History by Stanley Corkin