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Slotkin, Richard 1942-

Overview
Works: 28 works in 190 publications in 1 language and 11,876 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Historical fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Action and adventure fiction  Juvenile works  Adventure stories  War stories  Sources  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Editor
Classifications: PS1408, 813.2
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Most widely held works by Richard Slotkin
Regeneration through violence : the mythology of the American frontier, 1600-1860 by Richard Slotkin( Book )

53 editions published between 1972 and 2000 in English and held by 2,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Regeneration Through Violence, the first of his trilogy on the mythology of the American West, Richard Slotkin shows how the attitudes and traditions that shape American culture evolved from the social and psychological anxieties of European settlers struggling in a savage new world to claim the land and displace the Native Americans. Using the popular literature of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries -- including captivity narratives, the Daniel Boone tales, and the writings of Hawthorne, Thoreau, and Melville -- Slotkin traces the full development of this myth
Gunfighter nation : the myth of the frontier in twentieth-century America by Richard Slotkin( Book )

32 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 1,961 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On July 16, 1960, John F. Kennedy came to the podium of the Los Angeles Coliseum to accept the Democratic Party's nomination as candidate for President. As is customary, Kennedy used his acceptance speech to provide a slogan that would characterize his administration's style of thought and action. "I stand tonight facing West on what was once the last frontier. From the lands that stretch 3000 miles behind me, the pioneers of old gave up their safety, their comfort and sometimes their lives to build a new world here in the West. [But] the problems are not all solved and the battles are not all won, and we stand today on the edge of a new frontier--the frontier of the 1960s, a frontier of unknown opportunities and paths, a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats." By invoking the Frontier as a symbol, Kennedy also tapped into one of the most resonant and persistent American myths. As Richard Slotkin shows in this extraordinarily informed and wide-ranging new book, the myth of the Frontier has been perhaps the most pervasive influence behind American culture and politics in the 20th century. Beginning in 1893 with Frederick Jackson Turner's famous address on the closing of the American frontier, Slotkin examines the transformation from history to myth of events like Custer's last stand and explores the myriad and fundamental ways the myth influences American culture and politics. Although Turner's "Frontier Thesis" became the dominant interpretation of our national experience among academic historians, it was the racialist theory of history (the ascendancy and superiority of the Anglo-Saxon race), embodied in Theodore Roosevelt's The Winning of the West, that was most influential in popular culture and government policy-making over the course of the century. The explicit assumptions about race and civilization in the Frontier myth articulated by Roosevelt provided the justification for most of America's expansionist policies, from Roosevelt's own Rough riders to Kennedy's and Johnson's counterinsurgency policies in Southeast Asia. Thus America's defeat in Vietnam, Slotkin argues, ruptured the very foundation of our public mythology, and caused a crisis of confidence unprecedented in American history. Drawing on an impressive and diverse array of materials from dime novels, pulp fiction and Hollywood westerns to the writings and careers of figures such as Theodore Roosevelt, Owen Wister, Jesse James, Zane Grey, John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, John Wayne and John F. Kennedy, Richard Slotkin reveals the connections that link our mythology with real life, and offers an original, incisive and highly provocative interpretation of our national experience.--Adapted from dust jacket
The fatal environment : the myth of the frontier in the age of industrialization, 1800-1890 by Richard Slotkin( Book )

34 editions published between 1985 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the subjugation of Native Americans on the American frontier, and explains how it was used to justify American territorial expansion
The long road to Antietam : how the Civil War became a revolution by Richard Slotkin( Book )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the summer of 1862, after a year of protracted fighting, Abraham Lincoln decided on a radical change of strategy, one that abandoned hope for a compromise peace and committed the nation to all-out war. The centerpiece of that new strategy was the Emancipation Proclamation: an unprecedented use of federal power that would revolutionize Southern society
Lost battalions : the Great War and the crisis of American nationality by Richard Slotkin( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 918 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the United States' history of ethnic assimilation and racial strife through the experience of World War I regiments, the fabled Harlem Hell Fighters of the 369th infantry and the legendary "lost battalion" of the 77th division
Abe : a novel by Richard Slotkin( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Draws deeply on historical scholarship, but it is not biography. Instead, it is a vivid, persuasive re-creation of the life as young Lincoln might have lived it, and of the people, scenes, and influences that helped produce the character and conscience of the man often called the greatest of all Americans."--Jacket
No quarter : the Battle of the Crater, 1864 by Richard Slotkin( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this richly researched and dramatic work of military history, eminent historian Richard Slotkin recounts one of the Civil War's most pivotal events: the Battle of the Crater on July 30, 1864. At first glance, the Union's plan seemed brilliant: A regiment of miners would burrow beneath a Confederate fort, pack the tunnel with explosives, and blow a hole in the enemy lines. Then a specially trained division of African American infantry would spearhead a powerful assault to exploit the breach created by the explosion. Thus, in one decisive action, the Union would marshal its mastery of technology and resources, as well as demonstrate the superior morale generated by the Army of the Potomac's embrace of emancipation. At stake was the chance to drive General Robert E. Lee's Army of North Virginia away from the defense of the Confederate capital of Richmond'and end the war. The result was something far different. The attack was hamstrung by incompetent leadership and political infighting in the Union command. The massive explosion ripped open an immense crater, which became a death trap for troops that tried to pass through it. Thousands of soldiers on both sides lost their lives in savage trench warfare that prefigured the brutal combat of World War I. But the fighting here was intensified by racial hatred, with cries on both sides of "No quarter!" In a final horror, the battle ended with the massacre of wounded or surrendering Black troops by the Rebels'and by some of their White comrades in arms. The great attack ended in bloody failure, and the war would be prolonged for another year. With gripping and unforgettable depictions of battle and detailed character portraits of soldiers and statesmen, No Quarter compellingly re-creates in human scale an event epic in scope and mind-boggling in its cost of life. In using the Battle of the Crater as a lens through which to focus the political and social ramifications of the Civil War'particularly the racial tensions on both sides of the struggle'Richard Slotkin brings to readers a fresh perspective on perhaps the most consequential period in American history. From the Hardcover edition
So dreadfull a judgment : Puritan responses to King Philip's War, 1676-1677( Book )

14 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The crater by Richard Slotkin( Book )

4 editions published between 1980 and 1996 in English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The return of Henry Starr by Richard Slotkin( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Henry Starr, one of the Old West's most notorious and successful bank robbers, is free again. This time, he is planning to go straight. But when he becomes the consultant to a film company making Westerns about his life, he starts reliving old memories. Soon, he is back to his old tricks
Streamlines and breadlines by Robert Hughes( Visual )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An eight part series presenting American history through its visual art, painting, sculpture, architecture and monuments. This sixth segment examines the mythic images of the 1920's and 30's as skyscrapers rise in New York and the rural heartland is idealized by Regionalists like Thomas Hart. Artists of the WPA celebrate the worker as hero, while Jacob Lawrence tells stories of black America, and ambitious New Deal projects like Hoover Dam project self-confidence in hard times. Also examines the work of Raymond Hood, Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis, and Grant Wood
Planet of the apes as American myth : race, politics, and popular culture by Eric Greene( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No quarter : the Battle of the Crater, 1864 by Richard Slotkin( Recording )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chronicle of a dramatic Civil War battle covers the Union army's attempt to burrow a tunnel beneath a key Confederate position, the explosion that enabled the massacre of thousands of black Rebel soldiers, and the ensuing stalemate that prolonged the war
Clint Eastwood : out of the shadows( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program covers Clint Eastwood's life and work
The last of the Mohicans : a narrative of 1757 by James Fenimore Cooper( Book )

4 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tale of a Mohican brave's struggle to protect two English girls from an evil Huron. Illustrated with maps and drawings depicting the period
Emergence of a myth : John Filson's "Daniel Boon narrative" and the literature of the Indian Wars, 1638-1848 by Richard Slotkin( Book )

4 editions published between 1967 and 1975 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American visions( Visual )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An eight part series presenting American history through its visual art, painting, sculpture, architecture and monuments. In this third segment as majestic primal America fosters the idea of landscape as God's fingerprint, landscape painting holds deep religious and patriotic connotations. Soon, the belief in Manifest Destiny is embodied in art. Traveling from Yellowstone to the Hudson Valley, Hughes explores the artists Thomas Cole, John Audubon, Albert Bierstadt, John Gast, Currier & Ives, Emanuel Leutze, George Catlin, Frederick Church, Frederic Remington, Thomas Moran and William Jackson. In their work he finds the conflicting impulses to worship the land and to conquer it, to create a myth of the West just as the frontier is closing
The fatal environement : the myth of the frontier in the age of industrialization 1800-1890 by Richard Slotkin( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gunfighter nation( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cultural historian and scholar Richard Slotkin has spent his adult life studying the violence that has swirled through American history and taken root deep in our culture. As we mark the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, Bill speaks with Slotkin about the role of guns and violence in our society in this edition of Moyers & Company. Afterwards, Bill talks about the role of the NRA in the firearms debate and looks at a new public service announcement by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a gun control organization
[Indian origins] by Richard Slotkin( Book )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Gunfighter nation : the myth of the frontier in twentieth-century America
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Richard Slotkin American historian

Richard Slotkin Amerikaans historicus

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Gunfighter nation : the myth of the frontier in twentieth-century AmericaThe fatal environment : the myth of the frontier in the age of industrialization, 1800-1890Lost battalions : the Great War and the crisis of American nationalityAbe : a novelNo quarter : the Battle of the Crater, 1864So dreadfull a judgment : Puritan responses to King Philip's War, 1676-1677The craterPlanet of the apes as American myth : race, politics, and popular culture