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In "Rock Springs," what was significant about Rock Springs, Wyoming?

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Absolutely nothing. We need to remember that Ford is reacting in part to manifestations of American literature where the American West was a place where Americans came to build a homestead and to claim a particular slice of land as their own, to farm and develop. For Earl, and the other characters in this collection of stories by Ford, there is no sense of belonging or of building a future. Instead Earl is...

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