Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor I
John Wayne and the death of the cowboy
John Wayne was seen as the epitome of the American Hero during the age of the Western film. He was beloved by many, even with his strong conservative politics and often brash language. However, in the 60s, America’s view shifted. They no longer looked to Westerns for inspiration and John Wayne, while still beloved, faded to the background (as symbolically seen in "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance". I would like to see an analysis of John Wayne’s connection to American culture further, and his impact on American culture long after America turned away from him.