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Re-Dressing America's Frontier Past

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Americans have long cherished romantic images of the frontier and its colorful cast of characters, where the cowboys are always rugged and the ladies always fragile. But in this book, Peter Boag opens an extraordinary window onto the real Old West. Delving into countless primary sources and surveying sexological and literary sources, Boag paints a vivid picture of a West w ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by University of California Press (first published August 2nd 2011)
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Re-Dressing America's chapters are basically collections of related anecdotes (men who passed as women, women who passed as men, non-European descended people passing, etc.). Boag reminds us that these anecdotes add up to a significant population now forgotten. While that's true, Boag's message and evidence are such a one trick pony that I can't imagine reading this book from start to finish without going nuts. I picked a few chapters, and because I love love love historical anecdotes about non- ...more
Betsy Phillips
I found the last little bit of the fifth chapter unbearably boring. But, other than that, this is a fantastic book. If you only read it for the anecdotes, it would be worth it. A ton of history we should already know in here.
This was an good look into America's cross-dressing past but read like a dissertation. The repetition was at times overwhelmingly dull and the third chapter rehashing the first but with the addition the perspective of the dime novel was probably the most repetitive part. The chapters on male cross-dressing were more interesting but over all I feel I could have learned more from the book being shortened by half.
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