Thursday, May 24, 2012

Have a look …

… In Focus - The American West, 150 Years Ago - The Atlantic.

Just remember: When you call me that, smile. (Does anyone remember the name of the Philadelphia author who coined that phrase?)

These were, of course — the whites at least — terrible people, not at all ecologically sound. Don't you miss them?


  1. Owen Wister, of course. But why was his eponymous hero from the trans-Potomac regions?

  2. Owen Wister it is. As to why his hero was from Virginia, I have no idea. But Wister had traveled a good deal in the west, so maybe the character was based on someone he met there — who was from Virginia. Also, it works better than, say, the Pennsylvanian.