Wild Bill Hickok, Man and Myth

Wild Bill Hickok, Man and Myth

In “Wild Bill Hickok, Man and Myth,” McLaird explores the development of Hickok’s legend before and after his death in Deadwood. Hickok at various times has been remembered as a Civil War hero, gunfighter, marshal and frontiersman, and the circumstances of his murder have become a prominent part of western lore. McLaird explores the fact and fiction behind these tales to illustrate how Hickok’s contemporaries and early historians contributed to them.