From these sources, you will be able to do two things: compare and contrast the myth and the reality, and notice what the myth means to us and how we use it. This is what you will do in a 4-page essay.

These are your sources:
• Thinking Through the Past, Chapter 3.
• HIST4.
• Brian W. Dippie. “Drawn to the West.” The Western Historical Quarterly vol. 35, no. 1 (Spring 2004). Pp. 4-26.
• Stewart L. Udall, Robert R. Dykstra, Michael A. Bellesiles, Paula Mitchell Marks, and Gregory H. Nobles. “How the West Got Wild: American Media and Frontier Violence. A Roundtable.” The Western Historical Quarterly vol. 31, no. 3 (Autumn 2000). Pp. 277-295.
• Paul A. Hutton. “From Little Bighorn to Little Big Man: The Changing Image of a Western Hero in Popular Culture.” The Western Historical Quarterly vol. 7, no. 1 (Jan. 1976). Pp. 19-45.
• Firefly episode: “Safe”. (Available on YouTube and NetFlix).
• The Six Shooter episode: “Red Lawson’s Revenge”. (A 1950s radio drama starring Jimmy Stewart; available to borrow from me on CD, or available on YouTube. I will also post it on Blackboard).
• Commercials:,,
Of these sources, you must use a source from your reader and/or something from your textbook, at least one of the three articles, the Firefly and The Six Shooter episodes, and at least one commercial.

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