Buffalo Bill's America: William Cody and the Wild West Show

Biographers have long disputed whether Cody was a hero or a charlatan. In fact, the savvy entertainer encouraged the dispute by mingling fictional exploits with his not inconsiderable achievements to construct the persona of an ideal frontiersman. At the same time, his show provided a means for rural westerners, including cowboys, cowgirls, and especially Lakota Sioux Indians, to claim a new future for themselves by reenacting a version of the past.

TRC audience: 
College/Adult
High School (9-12)
TRC subject: 
Multicultural Topics
TRC format: 
Book