This page is designed to be a supplement to Henry Nash Smith's Virgin Land. The work here should not be confused with Smith's thesis; it is an analytical look at one portion of his argument.

For further readings on this topic, I would suggest: Richard Slotkin's Regeneration Through Violence, The Fatal Environment, and Gunfighter Nation; Samuel Chamberlain's My Confession; Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian; William Cochran McGraw's Savage Scene.

This site was created by J. Molinaro, 12.01.97.