Cowboys of the Americas

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Yale University Press, 1994 - History - 306 pages
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This is a comparative study of the social history and mythology of cowboy culture right across the Western Hemisphere, from Patagonia to the Tukon, including the unique cowboys of the Hawaiin cattle industry. Slatta argues that Spanish influence, neglected in most accepted historiography, is primary in all open-range cattle frontiers of North and South America. His focus is on people, working ranch hands, and how they lived their lives, quoting frequently from first-hand descriptions of cowboy and ranch life.
 

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Slatta presents a fascinating comparative analysis of mounted herders, focusing on the cowboy of the United States and Canada, the vaquero of Mexico, the gaucho of Argentina, the huaso of Chile, and ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
From WildCattle Hunters to Cowboys
9
Cowboy Character and Appearance
28
Geography and Imagery
55
Ranch Work
68
Ranchers and Cowboys
93
Ranch Life
111
Equestrian Fun and Games
128
Riding into the Sunset
174
Myth Literature Popular Culture
191
Conclusions
219
Notes
233
Glossary
281
Bibliographical Essay
285
Select Bibliography
289
Index
301

Drinking Gambling and Other Fun
148
Frontier Race Relations
159

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-->Richard W. Slatta--> is Professor of History at North Carolina State University and the author of numerous books, including Comparing Cowboys and Frontiers.

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