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American Westerns Maverick The Searchers Unforgiven The Civil War has ended leaving more than 600000 American soldiers dead In a single decade from 1860 to 1870 the Souths wealth declined 60 percent and that of the North had a 50 percent increase One president has been assassinated and another impeached The foundation for the womens suffrage movement was laid when women were introduced into new fields like nursing and teaching In the late nineteenth century the United States went through many changes Blacks were organizing union leagues while the Ku Klux Klan was forming The Thirteenth Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments were passed establishing the full emancipation of slaves assuring all citizens equality before the law and allowing all male American citizens the right to vote regardless their race What was happening out west during this time or reconstruction Many Hollywood producers during the twentieth century have tried to recreate an old west on the big screen One of these attempts was the television show Maverick The show first aired in September of 1957 staring an unconventional hero who rather play tricks and win card games than fight with a brother who shared the same characteristics All the men walked around in suites and lived on showboats or in big houses Men were propositioned to murder for a fair price When there is talk of traveling through Indian Territory one man exclaims They get mean this time of year According to Mavericks Creator-A Cynical Approach an article written by John P Shanley Roy Huggins the shows producer was convinced that Westerns would last as long as there is television2 He stated Westerns will have their cycles just as they have had their cycles in the movies I think the Western will last because it combines two of the most deep and persistent desires of mankind-freedom and security2 Huggins then continued by saying The Western gives the audience a sense of well-being an escape from reality2
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