Skip to comments.Freedom in "The Covered Wagon"
Posted on 03/16/2019 8:45:45 AM PDT by Ozguy1945
The Covered Wagon, a movie dedicated to the memory of Theodore Roosevelt, was the first feature length western.
It was released on March 16 in 1923, long before the modern Nanny State robbed us of our sense of who we are.
And long before merciless third wave feminism infiltrated the souls of western nations to strike at the very heart of societies where men and women WERE once partners.
As Roosevelt said, when accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo in 1910, "No nation deserves to exist if it permits itself to lose the stern and virile virtues; and this without regard to whether the loss is due to the growth of a heartless and all-absorbing commercialism, to prolonged indulgence in luxury and soft, effortless ease, or to the deification of a warped and twisted sentimentality."
In the 21st century, western societies have collectively taken their freedom and, in trying to pursue Utopian ideals of safety to the point of over regulation, we are destroying the freedoms that made us the great creative and loving nations we were.
Roosevelt wrote. "Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive."
What can we do to restore the balance between freedom and discipline in our world?
That was the first “real” novel I read as a child. I still remember sitting at my grandmother’s house and being totally fascinated with the story. I must have been around 8 years old.
Return to a gold standard monetary system.
Anyway, here's a good page about Wagon Train Westerns and why they fell out of favor.
I recently watched John Wayne's first feature film, The Big Trail and enjoyed it immensely. The wagon train scenes are just incredible. I love learning about the amazing story of US westward expansion and Manifest Destiny, things that have become evil in the 21st century zeitgeist.
Even the poster is so nostalgic...the big, strong, well-armed male protecting the innocent lass on the hazardous trail while pointing to their destiny in the west.
I have a couple copies on DVD!
I love the BIG TRAIL!
Not everyone did the wagon train method. My great something uncle led three cattle drives from Benton County, AR to Sacramento beginning in 1854. He and his cousins, who were the cowboys in these epics, got rich. Then he bought a big ranch in Sonoma County and brought his family to California by Steam ships via the Isthmus in comparatively luxury and much faster than the six months on the trail. Not a dummy, Uncle Calvin.
Such a GREAT film, isn’t it? I’ve never seen wagon train scenes in any other movie or TV show like they put together for this film.
Sea travel was expensive and very hazardous, like the plains and mountain crossings. Besides shipwrecks, there was a significant chance of contracting a fatal disease while crossing the isthmus. There were no insecticides or bug sprays and mosquitos carried fatal diseases. Then the sea voyage up the west coast was fraught with peril, too. There were lots of shipwrecks on the west coast in the mid 1800s and very few lighthouses and fog horns to warn ships off the rocky shoals.
Interestingly, the first lighthouse on the west coast was not on the coast itself, but in San Francisco Bay. Alcatraz Island Lighthouse was the first one built on the U.S. West Coast in 1854, located on Alcatraz Island in California’s San Francisco Bay. It served the bay during its time as a Citadel and military prison. It was replaced by a taller (95 feet) concrete tower lighthouse in 1909 to the south of the original one which was demolished after it was damaged in the 1906 earthquake.
Seventy lighthouses were built on the west coast in the mid 1800s to the early 1900s.
You’re right, not for the faint hearted. They should have gone by Southwest Airlines, but not via a 737 Max 8. For what’s it worth it, those who could afford it, took the sea route until the railroad was finished.
John Wayne before His “Saunter.”
I was looking for his trademarks. The other one he used all the time is tossing cigarettes or spend matches hard at the ground in disgust. It’s in The Big Trail.
If you promise to give him a treat, you had better give him a treat.
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