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From Daniel Boone to Captain America: Playing Indian in American Popular Culture

Chad A. Barbour


This book examines the transmission of the ideals and myths of playing Indian in American popular culture. In the nineteenth century, American art and literature developed and nurtured images of the Indian and the frontiersman that exemplified ideals of heroism, bravery, and manhood, as well as embodying fears of treason, loss of civilization, and weakness. During this time, Daniel Boone emerged as an exemplary figure of crossing the white-Native line. In the twentieth century, comic books, among other popular forms of media, would inherit these images. The Western genre of comic books part ... More

Keywords: America culture, popular culture, playing Indian, frontier, comics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781496806840
Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2018 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496806840.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chad A. Barbour, author
Lake Superior State University