While we might be in an 1860-election type of political climate as I mentioned earlier, I now wonder if it’s more an 1870s type social climate that might be upon us. A Matt Dillon, Clint Eastwood, Wild Bill Hickock, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Jack Slade type of semi-mythical era come to life here in the 21st century.
Think of 1870s Denver. Civilized for the times … in the right places. Pretty iffy as you moved out. Not too far out of town, one had to be aware of free-roaming gangs of teenage/early20 year-olds of “we hate white people” (or anybody else not >us<) races out there dealing in random violence via guerilla warfare methods. To say nothing of innocent white folks doing their own style of pillage and plunder … with an occasional Bang-“Got ya!” thrown in. Goods travelled in groups and sometimes with military escort. It was risky to travel long distances alone. Recall it took several years of US military action to calm things down.
So maybe we’re coming up on an 1876 type election (Tilden/Hayes) … it’s just the times seem mixed in with that “onset of Civil War”-ish feeling that reminds one of 1860.
The history of that 1860-1880s period – beyond the myths – is fascinating. I don’t know that “fascinating” is the term I would use if I were living through it though … although, maybe I could describe our own times as fascinating. I’d certainly like to read a chapter ahead.
I suspect we’re going to find out what it was really like in “The Old West”- the 21st century edition. I’ll bet people were more “aware” then … as we all will be soon enough. Or just casualties …