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Two-Buck Chuck & The Marlboro Man
Two-Buck Chuck & The Marlboro Man

Two-Buck Chuck & The Marlboro Man

The New Old West
Frank Bergon
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Two-Buck Chuck & The Marlboro Man

The New Old West
Frank Bergon
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Frank Bergon's astonishing portrayals of people in California's San Joaquin Valley reveal a country where the culture of a vanishing West lives on in many twenty-first-century Westerners, despite the radical technological transformations around them. All are immigrants, migrants, their children, or their grandchildren whose lives intertwine with the author's, including several races and ethnicities: Chicanos, Mexicans, African Americans, Italians, Asians, Native Americans, Scots-Irish descendants of Steinbeck's Okies, and Basques of the author's own heritage.Bergon presents a powerful array of rural and small-town Westerners who often see themselves as part of a region and a way of life most Americans aren't aware of or don't understand, their voices unheard, their stories untold. In these essays, Westerners from the diverse heritage of the San Joaquin Valley includeCalifornia's legendary Fred Franzia, the maker of the world's best-selling Charles Shaw wines dubbed "Two-Buck Chuck," and Darrell Winfield, a Dust Bowl migrant and lifelong working cowboy who for more than thirty years reigned as the iconic Marlboro Man. Their voiceshelp us understand the complexities of today's rural West, where Old West values intersect with New West realities. This is the West (and America today)—a region in conflict with itself.

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Publisher
University of Nevada Press
Year
2019
ISBN
9781948908054
Topic
Literature
Subtopic
Literary Collections

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