Western Life

Tombstone

The town of Tombstone is undoubtedly one of the more famous of the Wild West era in US history. There are movies and books named for the town and just about everyone has heard of the Gunfight in the OK Corral, the story responsible for what keeps the town famous in our times. Tombstone was… Continue reading Tombstone

Western Life

Manifest Destiny

Originating in the 19th century, Manifest Destiny was a belief that the US was destined to spread throughout the American continents. That this spread was inevitable and therefore justified, at any cost. The idea was that manifesting this inescapable advancement was the duty of all US citizens of the time. The term was originally coined… Continue reading Manifest Destiny

Western Life

The California Gold Rush 1849: The Wonder and The Horror

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” This quote by Charles Dickens was meant to describe the upheaval caused by the French Revolution. But it could just as easily have been used to describe the chaos that erupted shortly after a certain carpenter named James Wilson Marshall, from New Jersey, found… Continue reading The California Gold Rush 1849: The Wonder and The Horror

Western Fiction

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