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…

Continue reading →

Wild riders
Real cowboys have never played the slightest political role in US history - because the cities that featured in the Wild West myths are not real cities or even state…

Continue reading →

Wild West: Montana Horses - The Last Montana Cowboys
Tall boots, a wide-brimmed hat and a scarf around the neck, as well as an invariable six-shot colt - of course, we are talking about cowboys. During the existence of…

Continue reading →

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

Lincoln War
When in August 1877 they again collided in one of the saloons, Cahill behaved as usual. Quite a bit of a grin, he called Billy bad words, to which he…

...

Gang jesse james
Jesse James was born on September 5, 1847 in County Clay, Missouri. He did not remember his father, Robert James. When the boy was two years old, gold was found…

...

Cowboy
Cowboy (cowboy) (English cowboy, from cow - "cow" and boy - "guy") - the name used in the Wild West of the United States in relation to the herdsmen of…

...

Сowboy tradition
It so happened that the unprecedented popularity of Winnethe (the first volume of the trilogy was written in 1893) coincided with the discovery (or creation) of the idealized cowboy of…

...