ok i found it. http://room604.wikispaces.com/file/v...+H.+Lapham.pdf
. this is a good article (hard to read online - easier to print) about what happens when peoples "misremember" history. or better yet simply choose to create their own myth.
about the west.
As with the snapshots sent home to
Mom and Dad from a winter vacation
in Hawaii, the postcards from an illusory
American past—the innocent Arcadia
over the rainbow of the midnineteenth-
century Western frontier,
the classless society that is the root of
fair-minded free enterprise and all things
innovative and entrepreneurial—don’t
mention any unpleasantness or inconvenience.
The pioneers going west in
the 1840s carried with them the promise
of a land of milk and honey into what
proved to be a desert; the 2,000-mile
length of the Oregon Trail was littered
with abandoned wagons and newly furnished
graves. The juvenile delinquents
at play in the sandbox towns of Deadwood
and Nacogdoches didn’t challenge
one another to heroic duels in the sun;
best business practice was to shoot the
scoundrel in the back, at long range and
with a rifle. Fortunes were to be found
in four fields of endeavor (cattle, mining,
timber, land), all of them dependent on
government subsidy. The romance of
the West so fondly embraced by President
Ronald Reagan—Stetson hat silhouetted
against the studio-backdrop
sky of the new morning in America—
was the invention of the literary East,
the early scripts drafted by nineteenthcentury
Ivy League swells (Francis Parkman,
Owen Wister, Teddy Roosevelt,
Frederic Remington), the subsequent
production values supplied by immigrant
film merchants arriving in Hollywood
in the 1910s from
Warsaw and Minsk.
the part i like best, and hadn't really thought of before, is this sentence:
"Fortunes were to be found in four fields of endeavor (cattle, mining, timber, land), all of them dependent on government subsidy."
that made me re-think a lot. and he's right. i just hadn't thought about it that way before.
hope you enjoy Oma. happy t-day