Law and order in Buffalo Bill's country: legal culture and community on the Great Plains, 1867-1910

Book Cover
Average Rating
University of Nebraska Press,
Pub. Date:
Celebrated accounts of lawless towns that relied on the extra-legal justice of armed citizens and hired gunmen are part of the enduring cultural legacy of the American West. This image of the frontier has been fueled for more than a century by historians—both amateur and academic—and by various popular images. In the twenty-first century, Great Plains communities continue to perpetuate this image with tourist attractions and events that pay homage to their “lawless” past. But these romanticized depictions of the violent frontier do not accurately portray the legal culture of most early Great Plains communities.Law and Order in Buffalo Bill’s Country is a case study of law and legal culture in Lincoln County, Nebraska, during the nineteenth century. Mark R. Ellis argues that nascent nineteenth-century Great Plains communities shared an understanding of the law that allowed for the immediate implementation of legal institutions such as courts, jails, and law enforcement. A common legal culture, imported from New England and the Midwest, influenced frontier communities to uphold traditions of law and order even in the “wild and wooly” frontier community of North Platte, Nebraska. This study is one of the first to examine legal institutions on the Great Plains. By setting aside the issue of a violent frontier West and focusing instead on community building and legal institutions, this study presents a very different image of the frontier-era Great Plains.
More Details
Also in This Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 42a91c1c-fc7b-b58e-5c27-132fbe2a9e51
Grouping Title law and order in buffalo bill s country legal culture and community on the great plains 1867 1910
Grouping Author ellis mark r
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-08-06 04:40:45AM
Last Indexed 2018-09-25 04:52:45AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Ellis, Mark R.
author2-role NetLibrary, Inc.
author_display Ellis, Mark R
detailed_location_arlington EBSCOhost
format_arlington eBook
format_category_arlington eBook
id 42a91c1c-fc7b-b58e-5c27-132fbe2a9e51
isbn 080325802, 9780803258020
item_details external_econtent:ils:.b13092972||EBSCOhost|Online|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|EBSCOhost||||Available Online||q||
itype_arlington eCollection
last_indexed 2018-09-25T08:52:45.296Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Other
literary_form_full Other
local_callnumber_arlington Online
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library Online, Aurora Hills Online, Central Online, Cherrydale Online, Columbia Pike Online, Connection Crystal City Online, Detention Center Online, Glencarlyn Online, Local History Online, Plaza Online, Shirlington Online, Westover Online
primary_isbn 9780803258020
publishDate 2007
record_details external_econtent:ils:.b13092972|eBook|eBook||English|University of Nebraska Press,|[2007]|xix, 262 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
external_econtent:ils:.b13092972 Available Online Available Online false true false false false true
series Law in the American West
series_with_volume Law in the American West|
title_display Law and order in Buffalo Bill's country : legal culture and community on the Great Plains, 1867-1910
title_full Law and order in Buffalo Bill's country : legal culture and community on the Great Plains, 1867-1910 / Mark R. Ellis
title_short Law and order in Buffalo Bill's country :
title_sub legal culture and community on the Great Plains, 1867-1910