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Until the late eighteenth century any land located beyond the Alleghany mountains was believed to be savage uninhabited land Thus it became known as the American frontier According to Turner the definition of frontier means the meeting point between savagery and civilization and a region of sparse settlement 1 With the overwhelming number of frontiersmen invading this uninhabited land many myths about winning the West arose some containing truth while others neglecting to tell the truth about treatment of Indians Many of these myths referred to them as being the victims of white mans progress In the short tale O Pioneers written by Willa Cather in 1913 tells a tale of the oncoming future of the Great Plains Although this tale tells about the great fortune of the plains it forgets to mention the heartaches of the Native Americans Willa Cather was born December 7 1873 in a town west of Winchester Virginia2 In 1884 the Cathers moved their four children to a town called Red Cloud in Nebraska where they arrived to a place uninhabited but with much fortune and hard work ahead of them 3 In 1890 Willa attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she gained the knowledge and creativity to write such beautiful work In her first works Willas animosity towards Nebraska was relevant in her work 4 After she went east in 1896 and became editor of McClures Magazine and gained success her feeling toward Nebraska changed which was evident in The Bohemian Girl in 1912 5 When she published O Pioneers in 1913 many of her memories of childhood and life on the prairie were depicted in the tale For example a phrase in the tale O Pioneers is a memoir of the Divide when she was a child The variegated field are all one colour now the pastures the stubble the roads the sky
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