Bronson and his sister were both first drawn to the romance of the West reflected in the "blood and thunder" books that were contraband at Bronson's Groton. The history teacher berated the boys for reading such trash - perpetuating myths and falsehoods about the "noble savage."
From his first reading of accounts of the "Indian wars" Bronson knew of the ugly reality Native American's faced in the Territories. Their treatment in history was sad and embarrassing for the country. His interest piqued, his study of the Southwest expanded and included accounts of appalling losses of community land grant property among Hispanics to notoriously underhanded legal tactics.
Justine thought of moving first. Her maid showed her a newspaper advertisement for waitresses at Harvey Hotels on the ATS&F line. "Wouldn't it be fun to explore the wild West!" She was absently folding Justine's underwear in the chilly bedroom. Gas lights were hissing and the fireplace coals were meager warmth against a Long Island winter storm. She could hear her brother's coughs echo down the long hall.