When Westworld debuted, I wondered if it would be just as white-washed and stereotypical as the classic westerns from which it sprung (of course, it is also a direct descendant of the 1976 film, Westworld). In some ways it was, as it portrays a futuristic dreamscape where guests can perform acts and undertake adventures they never would in real life. Many of these narratives revolve around western tropes, such as rescuing a beautiful white woman from a band of primitive Indians or no-good bandits, or visiting a brothel and taking advantage of the pretty, yet damaged, women therein.
"Combining family history and rigorous research, this brilliant text deepens our understanding of post-Civil War Reconstruction by interrogating what happened in Indian Territory, revealing the layered wreckage wrought on the Native nations and formerly enslaved Africans, all entrapped in the pernicious logic of settler-colonialism."
—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States