Reviewed by George and Audrey Basler Hollywood has pretty much cemented the myths of  the American West even if the myths have a tenuous connection to reality. There’s John Wayne perched on a horse with six-shooters blazing, or Gary Cooper striding alone down Main Street to confront the bad guys. In all these myths, women are conspicuously absent -- either pushed into the background or ignored completely, as is the case in the popular spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s. But, myths aside, women played key roles in the settling...
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