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A screen shot from 'The Great Train Robbery'

An early example of a Western in "The Great Train Robbery"

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Novelist Owen Wister Was Born
July 14, 1860

Movies and books about the Wild West often make the life of the cowboy seem more glamorous and full of adventure than it really was. In The Virginian, the climactic showdown and tender romance between a refined Eastern schoolteacher and a rough-and-tumble cowhand, made the cowboy into an American folk hero and introduced themes that became standard in American Western movies. What is your favorite part in a Western? How did people learn about the Wild West before there were movies?
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VIDEO CREDIT: Edison Manufacturing Company. The great train robbery / Thomas A. Edison, Inc. ; producer, Edwin S. Porter., 1903. Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound, Library of Congress. Call Number VBS 0062.