By Stanley Corkin
Even though the USA emerged from international warfare II with superpower prestige and quick entered a interval of financial prosperity, the stresses and contradictions of the chilly battle however forged a shadow over American existence. a similar interval marked the heyday of the western movie. "Cowboys as chilly Warriors" exhibits that this used to be no accident. It examines the various major westerns published among 1946 and 1962, examining 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 decorated the parable of the yankee frontier and mirrored the period within which they have been made. movies 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 terrific 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 delivery of the trendy united states"
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S. political and economic circles sought to make political and military power a means to secure economic centrality in the world. McCormick shows this policy's imperial dimension: "By I900, American leaders were moving away from the nationalistic ideology of tariff protectionism and overseas imperialism. The ruling Republican Party moved to embrace a different ideology of tariff reciprocity and Open Door policy. In the Dingley tariff of I897 and the Open Door notes of I899Copyrighfef/rMaferial CHAPTER ONE 1900, [Brooks] Adams saw the glimmer of transformation from a defensive nationalism to expansive internationalism, to the ebullient notion that American economic supremacy was best served by an unlimited global market rather than a restricted national and colonial market" (1995, 19)· Finally, this view envisioned a third development that would complete America's replacement of Great Britain at the center of the global system.
Wayne had emerged as a notable figure in Stagecoach (I939) but did not develop star status or a well-articulated perso na until the World War II era. During this period he appeared in man y films set in that conflict, including Th e Fighting Sea bees (19 43 ), Back to Bataan (I945), and Th ey Were Expendable (I945). Although Wayne was not always the lead character, these films and his continued appearance in Westerns defined the star's ability to evo ke the heroic terms of nation. 6 My Darling Clementine and Red River ask audiences to admire and identify with these heroic figures and the terms of American life they personify: physical courage, moral certainty, and the power of the individual to alter circumstances according to a morally justified vision of the future.
This rise of th e genre in print and th en in film was a product of the hi storical moment w hen the rapidly industrializing national economy was di srupting, both geograp hic ally and ideologically, the concept of the frontier as an extant local e. Indeed, those inexpens ive publicati o ns were produced a nd distribu ted through the very technology tha t so impinged o n the West - both ideo lo gically and physically. In thi s lig ht, we may see the epoc h-m ark ing essay by Turner-deliv- CopyrighfeeJ1Maferial CHAPTER ONE ered at the Columbia Exposition in 18 93 - as an elegy, even as it had the complementary power to project the features of the society it memorialized well into the future.
Cowboys As Cold Warriors: The Western and U.S. History by Stanley Corkin