"Readers after a truer picture would do better to decline his invitation in favor of studies closer to primary sources, such as Michael V. Uschan's Westward Expansion (2001) or Russell Freedman's Cowboys of the Wild West (1985). (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Swanson invites readers to return to those thrilling days of yesteryear when "pioneers" hot for gold or land invaded the "untamed lands in the West," drove fierce, faceless "Natives" into submission, transformed into cowboys or badmen (or both), and proceeded to either drink and gamble their meager wages away in saloons frequented by "hurdy-girls," or to be strung up by vigilantes.
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