Western Violence, Law, & Order—How Wild was the Wild West?

Taught by Professor Patrick Allitt, Ph.D.

The brutal conflict of cowboys and Indians. Dusty, dangerous outposts policed by vigilante justice. The six-shooter showdown at high noon.  We’ve all heard the tails of the outlaws and violence rampant in the American West. But how wild was the West?

In this full lecture we explore the rise of vigilante justice, race riots against Mexicans and Chinese, and class conflict at coalmines.

From the Lecture Series: The American West: History, Myth, and Legacy
Taught by Professor Patrick N. Allitt, Ph.D.