"Propaganda and American Values in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"
by Laurel Westbrook
Westbrook's insightful essay examines the message of "unity" in the film at the time the film was made (1949), when American leaders feared the further encroachments of communism around the world. China had its communist revolution and Russia had developed its own atomic bomb. Westbrook also examines why the American values of "independence", "manliness" and "intelligence" are present in Ford's film and why these attributes still persist in Hollywood films several decades afterwards.
Perhaps someone may write about the representation of women in this and other westerns by Ford at a later date?