Wyatt Earp: The Real Story of the Legend

Wyatt Earp has been portrayed in many films and television shows throughout the years but these fictional portrayals tend to overlook the complexities and flaws of a man whose life is a window into the judicial, political and economic opportunities that arose for those living throughout the American frontier or Wild West.

Earp himself became a caricature for the life of a Western lawman and when he died in 1929, his fellow countrymen transformed him into a folk hero and archetype for how the Wild West was tamed and a man who took control of his own destiny.

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