Finest hour
At first, the horse was the prerogative of only new settlers and no one, not even the friendliest Indians and their leaders, was allowed to approach it. Until 1528, a…

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Typical cowboy in caps
As a sheriff, a man with a rhino skin, bulletproof head, able to see everything around him, run faster than a horse, not afraid of anything and neither in Hades…

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Not a single chance!
Another myth was fighters who shot at the same time from two revolvers, never missing their victims. To begin with, even wearing two revolvers, each four pounds in weight, was…

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with enthusiasm

Typical cowboy in caps

As a sheriff, a man with a rhino skin, bulletproof head, able to see everything around him, run faster than a horse, not afraid of anything and neither in Hades [1], nor in Coolidge; a man who knows how to shoot, like Captain Adam Bogardus, and who is better at shooting four to five drunken rowdy people before breakfast than sits down without such a morning charge.

Despite the seeming frivolity of this announcement, published in July 1886 in the Border Ruffian, Coolidge residents nodded their heads approvingly as they read it. Only such qualities could help the daredevil, who decided to take the post of sheriff in their troubled little town, survive; and only such qualities could help him pacify thieves, robbers and other troublemakers. After all, their city was in the heart of the American Wild West … Continue reading

The continuation of the legend

And it doesn’t matter that he was somewhat inconsistent with reality. After all, not all cowboys were white, and among them were many adventurers, scammers and people with a bad conscience. The myth is the constant tensions of the cowboys with the Indians (after all, many of them were themselves Indians), who most often managed to agree among themselves on many issues. True, Oliver Loving, one of the pioneers, died from wounds inflicted by Comanches, but this was extremely rare. Many discrepancies and in part of their relationship to arms. It was used by cowboys to drive herds, customize lagging animals, or guide the herd leader. But it is extremely rare to clarify the relationship. Not to mention the fact that two of the pistols, as we often see in the movies, none of them ever wore. Continue reading

Invented image

Soon the Western becomes so popular and popular that it acquires already established forms and traditions: good always fights against evil and naturally wins, and happy ending becomes an indispensable element.

These typical features of a western were successfully noticed by V. Nabokov in Lolita: “Terracotta landscape, red-faced, blue-eyed cowboys, prim, but very pretty teacher, just arrived at the Rattle Gorge, a horse rearing up, cattle panic, a revolver, a pucker, and a revolver, a pucker, and a revolver, a puppet, and a puppet, and a puppet, and a puppet. Continue reading

Cowboy - President
Cinema has become the fault of another stable stereotype - “all cowboys are white.” After the abolition of slavery in the US in 1865, a large number of blacks turned…

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Typical cowboy in caps
As a sheriff, a man with a rhino skin, bulletproof head, able to see everything around him, run faster than a horse, not afraid of anything and neither in Hades…

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The guy from the Marlboro commercial.
The present re-invention of the tradition of the West as a mass phenomenon that captured American politics is the product of the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Reagan eras. And of…

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Arrows of the Wild West
A senseless, brutal attack shocked America. The newspaper men attacked the Pinkerton, calling them child killers, monsters in the guise of a man, attacking defenseless women. Allan Pinkerton dodged, as…

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