Wyatt Earp

About the Show

Documentary. The life of Wyatt Earp brings into focus the politics, justice and economic opportunity presented by life on the American frontier. As a young man, Wyatt Earp was a caricature of the Western lawman, spending his days drinking in saloons, gambling, visiting brothels and gaining notoriety as a gunman in the shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. But shortly after his death in 1929, distressed Americans down on their luck transformed Wyatt Earp into a folk hero, making him a central figure in the American narrative of how the West was won, and revering him as a man who took control of his own destiny.