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For more than four decades, through the media of folklore, oral tradition, and motion pictures, the turmoil which erupted in the 1870's in Lincoln County, Territory of New Mexico, has been depicted as a dramatic collision of strong-willed personalities, the most notable of whom was William Bonney, alias Billy the Kid. Even historical literature, with the exception of specialized studies, often presented romanticized versions of that controversial event. For these reasons the publication of Maurice Garland Fulton's History of the Lincoln County War has answered the need for a definitive, objective account of the turbulence in southeastern New Mexico which had national and international repercussions.


Original published version available at https://www.jstor.org/stable/30238110

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Southwestern Historical Quarterly

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