Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ICYMI: Richard Slotkin, Regeneration Through Violence

I'm well into, and greatly enjoying, Richard Slotkin's, Regeneration Through Violence: The Mythology of the American Frontier, 1600–1860.

I picked up the 1996 Harper Perennial edition, which features Frederic Remington's "The Intruders" as the cover art (and seen below). Not sure, but some websites indicate the painting's dated to 1900. (Remington died in 1909 at the age of 48.)

Plus, my copy of Slotkin's The Fatal Environment: The Myth of the Frontier in the Age of Industrialization, 1800–1890 arrived on Easter Sunday. It's from the original publisher, the University of Oklahoma Press, which does an excellent job on frontier and Native American studies.

In any case, thanks for your support. I really recommend Slotkin if you're looking for super stimulating academic tomes. Indeed, Gunfighter Nation: Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-Century America completes Slotkin's trilogy on the frontier myth, and boy do those three volumes represent a life's work. It's a pretty astonishing achievement. I'm pretty blown away by these books.