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Pulp Fiction – Cheap Magazines, Gripping Stories

The term pulp fiction was used for popular, creative writing magazines that were being sold during the early 20th century. Their name is due to the cheap, pulp paper that they were printed on and the magazines were crammed with exciting stories aimed at providing audiences with experiences, beyond the scope of their normal lives.… Continue reading Pulp Fiction – Cheap Magazines, Gripping Stories

Western Fiction

History of the American Western Novel

A good story is one that can transport the reader to a different place, another time period or both. American Westerns were written to depict life and adventures in the ‘Wild West.’ The writers often based the novels on real people, exaggerating hardships and violence to make the story more interesting.  The desert landscapes where… Continue reading History of the American Western Novel

Western Life

Guns that won the West

It is a fact that the taming of the Wild West was done with the use of guns. This was the time period when the West was young, wild and restless. But the questions we have are - what was so great about the weapons of the Wild West? Was it the quantity in which… Continue reading Guns that won the West

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Rebuilding Virginia

Rebuilding after the War The Civil War left Virginia in ruins and the state began the process of rebuilding. During the fighting, railroads had been destroyed and plantations burned. Added to this the state was overflowing with the unemployed, now that the slaves were emancipated, and rations were still being controlled by the Union. Even… Continue reading Rebuilding Virginia

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Virginia

Stories about cowboys and the Wild West give the impression that beginning in the mid-19th century, ranching was dominating the United States. While outlaws were battling lawmen in many places, the country continued its expansion and development. Political and industrial advances increased its international influence and Virginia, like all the other states was moving along… Continue reading Virginia