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Despite the increase of violence indicated during the Wild West era and increased human costs due to migration and expansion, western development presented an opportunity to most White Americans. The Wild West was important to the majority of white Americans because it provided access to the land of the West, which offered relief and promise of prosperity and independence to those willing to encounter the challenges of frontier life. Life in the Wild West was characterized by individuals taking mining jobs rather than spending time with the livestock. Although life in the Wild West era has been glamorized, life as a cowboy was not easy because one could not settle in one place. Many cowboys had to travel wide to search for employment, and the wages lacked any regulation. Life in the Wild West era was characterized by hardship and meagre wages at the best time. The Wild West was a land of no laws, no courts, no government, and this resulted in an easy lay for criminals who were escaping punishment for other accounts, some who took advantage of the land not having laws, and a few of them who wanted to start over. Due to lack of governance, the West was indeed wild, associated with gunfights and bank robberies experienced during the era. The absence of a structured law system in the Wild West led many European settlers to pass judgments themselves. The military kept law and order in the Wild West and the vigilante group of collected individuals. Though the president encouraged the expansion and migration of the European settlers from the Atlantic area, the government later broke its promise to the individuals. It took control of American Indians acreage until the tribes with the reservation parts.
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