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Wild West Lives: AfriAm Opinions

Wild West Lives - African-American Opinions Inform New Book On Why We Love Westerns

57 million Americans love Westerns, and black America has its fair share. This according to a new book that shows the size and surprising diversity of the Western audience, describes the top reasons why we love Westerns, then counts down the top 10 all-time fan favorites.

Cumberland, RI (PRWEB) June 28, 2005 -- The Western dead? Not likely! A new study has found that the Western audience is still vibrant—30% of Americans today will tell you they enjoy watching Westerns. That’s 57 million strong in the U.S. alone. And black America has its fair share.

For her new book, Wild Open Spaces: Why We Love Westerns, Rhode Island-based author Yardena Rand interviewed over 1,000 Western fans, including many African-Americans. “Typical of Western fans everywhere,” Rand says, “African-Americans enjoy Westerns because a good sagebrush saga gives them a sense of ‘being there.’ For most of us,” she notes, “the Old West of popular culture (movies, TV, books) is the closest we’ll ever come to experiencing what it was like to live on the frontier.”

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