The Fearless Ranger; or, Life on the Plains. A Story of the Far West (Beadle's Frontier Series no. 19)
This cover particularly illustrates the contrast between rough backwoodsmen characters and gentlemen embodiments of civilization, usually hailing from the East. Dime novel westerns often follow two protagonists: one a frontiersman perhaps too ugly or violent to be domesticated, though he excelled at surviving in the wilderness (sometimes this character was also part-Indian); the other a fresh-faced Easterner, always white, who could fulfill the marriage plot with the female love interest in the end.1 This arrangement provided readers with a brief escape from civilization while still affirming its cultural norms in the denouement.
1. Jones, Daryl. The Dime Novel Western. Bowling Green: Bowling Green Popular Press, 1978. Print. 38.