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NEW BUFFALO BILL WEEKLY

The term "dime novel" is a phrase that refers not only novels but to weekly publications and pulp magazines of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Buffalo Bill Weekly is typical of such publications, in the lurid and violent nature of its imagery and subject matter. Most dime novels were frontier tales. The lives of such historical figures as Kit Carson, William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, and "Wild Bill" Hickock were fictionalized in an heroic, highly romantic way. Indians were invariably depicted as either savage brutes or noble savages. Before movies the prevailing stereotypes of American Indians were largely shaped by the dime novels. Hollywood films, comic books and television shows perpetuated the myths.

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A Moira Productions Film in association with Datline Productions, 2008, Lillian Lincoln Foundation