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The violence of the American "Wild West" was mostly a myth

Discussion in 'Historical Events & Figures' started by Truth-Bringer, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. Truth-Bringer

    Truth-Bringer New Member

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    Old West violence mostly myth

    Cooperation valued more than conflict

    Jul. 17, 2005

    Once again as summer progresses, tourists are trying to recapture the romance of the West. Recalling the violent images fostered by Hollywood, they seek out ghost towns, ride horseback at dude ranches and take part in exciting re-enactments of conflicts among vigilantes, sheriffs, cowboys and Indians.

    What they don't realize is that the violence of the West is largely a myth.

    Yes, there were isolated examples of violence, but the true story of the American West is one of cooperation, not conflict.

    Rest of article at:

    http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/viewpoints/articles/0717hill0717.html
     
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    How true . If it weren't for the fictional romance and intrigue about gratuitis violence in the old west, spawned by pulp novels, movies and television prehaps so much of America that identifies itself as tough-guy gun slingers would have taken another more civilized identity.
     
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    Yeah life was pretty peaceful as long as you weren't Chinese, black or Indian. Those were the days, you betcha.
     
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    This is my favorite:


    Yesiree, life was just peachy keen for everyone back then. I've done a lot of local history research, and it tells me a much different story--especially regarding the gold rush.
     
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    I'm going to have to disagree with you there. I would make assertions but it's a part of history I don't know enough about.
     
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    Admittedly, the author of that article is quite biased.
     
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    Obviously, you're quite biased.
     
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    I never claimed anything to the contrary. In fact, I came right out and said as much. If you had bothered to follow the link you would know that.
     
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    I don't know???????????????????? :D

    Subject: Three Surgeons...


    Three Texas surgeons were playing golf together and discussing Surgeries they had performed.

    The first said, "I'm the best surgeon in Texas. A concert pianist lost 7 fingers in an accident. I reattached them and 8 months later he performed a private concert for the Queen of England."

    The second said, "That's nothing. A young man lost both arms and legs in an accident. I reattached them and 2 years later he won a gold medal in the Olympic decathlon."

    The third surgeon said, "You guys are amateurs. Several years ago a cowboy who was high on cocaine and alcohol rode a horse head-on into a train traveling 80 miles an hour. All I had left to work with was the horse's ass and a cowboy hat. Now he's president of the United States."
     
  10. steveox

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    If i had a time machine i would go back to 1855 to live in an wild west town. Its very easy to make money without the IRS taking it away friom you.You can get away from the tax man easy if you knew when hes comming then thats when you leave town to enter another town.Or you would Rob banks & trains to make your living.
     
  11. USMC the Almighty

    USMC the Almighty New Member

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    You know there was no income tax until 1913 right?
     
  12. steveox

    steveox Well-Known Member

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    Didnt FDR invented the IRS in 1936? He said"" Income Taxes are a small price to pay for freedom."" In other word he ment that income taxes is like paying your dues to a club On Freedom & Democracy.
     
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    No, I'm pretty sure that the IRS came along with the 1913 16th Amendment.
     
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    So im tax free for 68 years if i live that long in the wild west :)
     
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    If this is a subject in which you are actually interested, perhaps you should do a little more research. And not rely on a single vague, anecdotal source. The violence of the time was certainly not as it is depicted in the movies. It was much worse.
     
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