The Making of a New Western Hero: The Forest Ranger in Popular Fiction, 19001940
Author: LaLande J.
Source: Journal of Forestry, Volume 98, Number 11, 1 November 2000 , pp. 43-50(8)
Publisher: Society of American Foresters
Abstract:Newcomers on the scene at the turn of the century, the first foresters in the American West sometimes faced a reluctant and even hostile public. But as the Old West waned, popular authors like Zane Grey chose the Forest Service ranger as a protagonist in their stories. More than simply another romantic and courageous hero, the steadfast forest rangeras portrayed in numerous novels published during the early 20th centurypopularized notions of conservation and scientific forestry among a national audience. The fictional ranger brought the gospel of forest conservation to countless readers, just as he converted most of his fictional antagonists to the very same principles.
Document Type: Miscellaneous
Publication date: 2000-11-01
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