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Old May 7 2010, 06:28 PM   #21
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Re: a new Western as a TV episodic series? discuss

RandyS wrote: View Post
the only Western I like is Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. Great writing and characters aside, it was the first (and most likely only) western to show the real story of America.

Westerns often portray how primitive and obsolete ways of life confronted modern technological or social changes. This may be depicted by showing conflict between natives and settlers or U.S. Cavalry or between cattle ranchers and farmers ("sodbusters"), or by showing ranchers being threatened by the onset of the Industrial Revolution.
I prefer Westerns that concentrate on the conflicts within the good and bad settlers instead of the Native Americans conflicts between natives and settlers or U.S. Cavalry. But we all have our preferences...

by definition Westerns are
set in the American Old West frontier (usually anywhere west of the Mississippi River) and typically set during the late nineteenth century.
most are set between the end of the American Civil War [1865] and the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890,
That means specific history things of course.
Specifically stories set around or after the first transcontinental railway was completed in 1869 & communication had changed with the telegraph connecting the western coast & east coasts by late 1861 and everywhere in between.
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