Shooting Buffalo

Creator: An unknown artist working for Frank Leslie's Illustrated newspaper

Context: This drawing appeared in 1871, as American railroads, farmers and ranchers were settling on the lands of the Great Plains that had been previously dominated by herds of buffalo and native tribes such as the Sioux.

Audience: Leslie's newspaper reached a broad audience of primarily middle and working-class Americans.

Purpose: To illustrate the growing dominance of white settlers over the land and buffalo of the Great Plains.

Historical Significance: This drawing reflects the dominant belief that white Americans should control Western lands and the lack of concern about the damage they were inflicting on the environment.