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Gunfight at Mussel Slough: Evolution of the Western Myth

Beers, Terry ( Edited By )

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ISBN 10: 1890771821 / ISBN 13: 9781890771829
Editorial: Heyday Books, Berkeley, California, U.S.A., 2004
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309pp. clean, tight, no marks or tears. California history , stories and tales of the early days in California. Size: 8vo - over - 11" Tall Oblong. N° de ref. de la librería 005776

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Título: Gunfight at Mussel Slough: Evolution of the ...

Editorial: Heyday Books, Berkeley, California, U.S.A.

Año de publicación: 2004

Encuadernación: Trade Paperback

Condición del libro:Very Good +

Condición de la sobrecubierta: No Jacket

Ejemplar firmado: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edición: Later Edition.

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How history becomes mythology

''On May 11, 1880, at Henry Brewer's homestead in the southern San Joaquin Valley district of Mussel Slough, seven men lost their lives during one of the deadliest shootouts in the history of the American West.''

With this statement of fact begins Terry Beers' examination of how history--complex, incomplete, and often contradictory--becomes mythology, written and rewritten until its edges are polished into the ''extraordinarily powerful images that preserve our most cherished values, those which we believe--or want to believe-shape our culture.''

Gunfight at Mussel Slough collects excerpts from five novels--among them Frank Norris' masterpiece The Octopus--and places them alongside historical documents including poems, letters, photographs, maps, flyers, songs, editorials, and political cartoons, each selection recording, analyzing, and interpreting a single event in ways that ultimately change how history will be remembered.

About the Author:

Terry Beers teaches writing and literature at Santa Clara University, where he is a professor in the English department and director of the California Legacy Project. He also serves as the general editor of the California Legacy series of books, co-published by Santa Clara University and Heyday, and he is the host of the ''Your California Legacy'' radio anthology on KAZU public radio. He lives in northern Monterey County, where he trains sled dogs.

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