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Senior: 11 & 12: Unit 3: The Western Genre

What are Westerns?

Traditionally, Westerns are American, set west of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, primarily from the end of the Civil War (1865) to the beginning of the twentieth century. They feature the adventures of cowboys, scouts, Indians, settlers and lawmen, and the explore the clash between civilisation and anarchy in mythic stories of men and the land. While they may accurately depict time and place, the image and feel of the West, as well as the struggle to survive against myriad perils, take precedence over history. Westerns speak to deep-seated feelings about the land and the men who brought their version of justice to the wild, uninhabited country. 

YouTube: Movie Trailer of 'Blazing Saddles'

Westerns Publications

Graphic courtesy of Trinity College Library, W.A.

YouTube: Movie Trailer of 'True Grit'