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Part I. 'My Friend, the Indian': Landscape and the Extermination of the Native American in the Silent Western: 1. Indians to the rescue 2. The eastern Western 3. Our friends, the Indians 4. The death of the Western, 1911 5. The far-Western 6. Wars on the plains 7. The politics of landscape 8. Pocahontas meets Custer: The Invaders 9. 'No Indians wanted' 10. The west of the Mohicans 11. Desert places Part II. 'It's Time for Your History Lesson, Dear': John Wayne and the Problem of History in the Hollywood Western of the 1930s: 12. The Big Trail and the weight of history 13. What's the big idea? 14. Manifestations of destiny 15. Rambling into Surrealism: the B-Western 16. 'Don't cry, Pat, it's only a Western': A note on acting 17. Time, space, and the Western Part III. 'That Sleep of Death': John Ford and the Darkness of the Classic Western in the 1940s: 18. My Darling Clementine and the fight with Film Noir 19. Out of the past 20. 'Shakespeare? In Tombstone?' 21. 'Get outa town and stay out' 22. 'A lot of nice people around here' 23. 'Who do we shoot?' 24. The revenge of Film Noir 25. The return of the Earps 26. Ford, Fonda, and the death of the classic Western.