The University of Arizona Press is set to publish a new book that examines the history of Western films and their connection to a changing 20th century America. The Sagebrush Trail: Western Movies and Twentieth-Century America (2015), written by Richard Aquila, explores how Westerns have corresponded to political and cultural developments throughout that hundred-year time period. 

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Aquila, a professor of history and American Studies at Penn State University, divides his book into three sections. Part I looks at the birth and expansion of Western films from 1900 thru to the end of the Second World War. The second section explores changes in Western movies in the two decades following that conflict. Part III concludes the book with an examination of how Westerns reflected the political & cultural changes transforming the United States from the 1960s to the end of the century.

The Sagebrush Trail is set for release on April 16th, and has a total length of 384 pages. Aquila is also the editor and a contributing author for the previous Wanted Dead or Alive: The American West in Popular Culture (1998). Further information about his new book can be found at The Sagebrush Trail.

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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