Took in at Riverview Theater last night True Grit – 10 Academy nominations. Must try to muster “true grit” for blogging as administrator daughter Anastasia insists. Enjoyed the movie – a lot of western themes part of mythology regarding the American West – guns blazing with rugged individualism displayed, amidst lonesome vistas. Western reality, as I recall in a seminar setting with my students, is rather complex determining what is stereotype and what is fact.
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Retired professor Concordia University, St. Paul, Mn. Taught mainly American History. Also taught in other areas of history, philosophy, and theology, View more posts
3 thoughts on “True Grit”
Certrainly individualism is a key characteristic of the American culture. More than any other culture and certainly Europe. From the earliest beginnings this has been so. Read the Weems biog of Washington – the pre-Civil War generation was anxious that their individualism was negating the national unity of the Founders. Indiividualism vs. community is a pesistent theme in our history, No doubt indiividualism is the key distinguishing component that defines our culture.
Is the notion of the cowboy, ruggedly independent and rebellous a part of our American identity? What does the professor say? How is this a good/bad thing, if so?
My daughter administrator has to teach me how to get rid of typos before publishing.