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Bat Masterson – Wild West Gunslinger

Bartholomew ‘Bat’ Masterson was born on November 26, 1853 and became one of the most famous lawmen of the late 19th and early 20th century. Masterson left the family farm as a teenage with the intention of hunting buffalo on The Great Plains. In June 1874, he became one of 28 hunters who were forced… Continue reading Bat Masterson – Wild West Gunslinger

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Jeffersonian Democracy

Many political movements have developed over the centuries but there is one thing that is common to them all. Every movement is neither fully criticized, nor liked by the people. They all have a fair share of love and hatred. Jeffersonian Democracy was a political movement in America that emerged in the first decade of… Continue reading Jeffersonian Democracy

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Louis L’Amour

Louis L'Amour, also known Louis Dearborn LaMoore, and also goes by the pseudo names Tex Burns or Jim Mayo, is an American writer. He was born on March 22nd in 1908 in Jamestown, North Dakota. He is known as a best-selling author in the US and is celebrated widely for his work. He has written… Continue reading Louis L’Amour

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Lawmen in the Wild West – Rules and Regulations

The first set of rules for western lawmen was put in writing in 1882, by David Cook, in his book Hands Up! or Twenty Years of Detective Life in the Mountains and on the Plains. These were: Never hit a prisoner over the head with your pistol. You may need it later and find it… Continue reading Lawmen in the Wild West – Rules and Regulations

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The History of Lawmen in the Wild West

When the westward migration began in the mid-19th century, there were many reasons for people choosing to make the journey. Most of them wanted a new start, including soldiers who had fought in the war and had no marketable skills, and those that saw business opportunities, as well as numerous criminals looking for a way… Continue reading The History of Lawmen in the Wild West

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Butch Cassidy – Gang Leader of the Wild Bunch

Many of the names of the outlaws in the Wild West have lived on through books, TV shows, old newspaper clippings and wanted posters. One of the era’s most notorious bank and train robbers was Butch Cassidy, who formed The Wild Bunch and later partnered with The Sundance Kid. Their criminal activity took place in… Continue reading Butch Cassidy – Gang Leader of the Wild Bunch

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Outlaws – The Greatest Surviving Legends of the Old West

In spite of all the major changes which took place in Western America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, stories about outlaws seem to be the ones that we remember the most. The actions of these bandits have been the inspiration for many books and films, along with the relationships they had with… Continue reading Outlaws – The Greatest Surviving Legends of the Old West

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Weird West – A Creative Combination of Genres – Part 2

Plots While many westerns maintain simple plots, which are boosted by the elevated levels of violence they contain, the plots in weird west novels, however, tend to be complex with lots of action, intrigue and adventure. This combination keeps readers on the edge of their seat, as well as the customary violence from the western… Continue reading Weird West – A Creative Combination of Genres – Part 2

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Weird West – A Creative Combination of Genres – Part 1

A relatively new sub-genre, weird west combines elements of a western with those of another genre, usually horror, fantasy or sci-fi. It is even more distinct than other combination genres because authors are usually able to incorporate both sets of elements, without having to deviate from either. The western is a very distinct genre, as… Continue reading Weird West – A Creative Combination of Genres – Part 1

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Jack Dunlop

Starting in 1846, the war between the United States and Mexican sowed the seeds of hatred in the hearts of people belonging to both countries. This Mexican American war ended up with the U.S. being victorious taking a large portion of Mexican land due to which Mexicans lost their homes and conditions changed on both… Continue reading Jack Dunlop