Heroic Virtue and the Limits of Democracy in John Ford's The Searchers

  title={Heroic Virtue and the Limits of Democracy in John Ford's The Searchers},
  author={J. David Alvis and John E. Alvis},
  journal={Perspectives on Political Science},
  pages={69 - 78}
The American imagination has always been captivated by the drama of the frontier, where a civilization is eked out among the brutal forces of nature by a few heroic individuals' force of strength and resolute courage. It seems mysterious why we, accustomed to the comforts of civil life and no longer precariously dependent on a few heroic souls, spend so much time employing the benefits of modern civilization, such as art and technology, in an effort to reconstruct the moments when civilization… 
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