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Mythic Frontiers: Remembering, Forgetting, and Profiting with Cultural Heritage Tourism

Daniel R. Maher

Abstract

Mythic Frontiers examines how what we call the American frontier functions as a narrative for silencing the violent, oppressive, colonizing forces of manifest destiny by othering those who stood in its way and by elevating its principal architects to mythic heights. The frontier complex is organized into five eras: removal (1804–1848), restraint (1848–1887), reservation (1887–1934), recreation (1920–1980), and redoubling (1980–present). By the time Frederick Jackson Turner declared the frontier closed in 1893, it had been fully constituted in popular mythologies and fantastic frontier narrativ ... More

Keywords: cultural heritage tourism, Wild West, National Park Service, Buffalo Bill Cody, Frederick Jackson Turner, Judge Isaac C. Parker, Bass Reeves, Cherokee, other, cruel optimism, manifest destiny

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813062532
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062532.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel R. Maher, author
University of Arkansas