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CONCLUSION

<em>A New York Boy Among the Indians</em> (Beadle's Frontier Series no. 29)

Dime novel fiction for boys shows that mass media had the power to challenge the dominant social script but also the power to contain and suppress dissent. The dime novel industry was a site of continual negotiation between the escapist needs and fantasies of their adolescent male demographic and the pressure to adapt controversial content in an age when material for boys was under scrutiny. What resulted are boy hero stories of negotiation, survival, and dissent within specific limitations.

Though rarely as radical as their predecessors, "second-generation" boy heroes provided a way forward for American youth. Like boyhood itself, the transitional stage of Western freedom must eventually capitulate to institutionalized adulthood - but the appeal of this landscape, and the heroes who inhabited it, would linger in American culture for generations to come.

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