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 into shepherds – according to some sources, this is the third part of all cowboys. Another third were Mexicans and Indians. Colored in dexterity is not inferior to the descendants of Europeans, for example, a black cowboy John Uaru did not know his equal in taming the mustangs.
But not only the poorest strata of the population became cowboys, but also people from well-to-do families. From 1883 to 1886, Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, worked as a shepherd. After the death of his first wife and mother, he settled in the Midwest to forget about the hard work of a cowboy. The future president spent 16 hours a day in the saddle of the driver, sparing neither himself nor the horse.
Drought and subsequent ruin brought him back to the political path, but in his heart he did not cease to be a cowboy. The woman in the saddle It seems incredible to master the profession of a cowboy by a woman. At the end of the 19th century, in the United States, a woman was perceived solely as a housewife, who didn’t know how to stick in the saddle. But it was in the east – cultural and civilized. In the west, the situation was different. On the ranch, women worked on a par with men, and having lost their husbands, many of them were forced to go in for grazing and driving cattle.
Wearing men’s clothes to women in the Victorian era was considered indecent, and a long skirt interfered with horse riding, so the cowgirl went for various tricks to be on a par with men. So, Annie Okley decided to shorten her skirt, marking the beginning of the emancipation of women in the seemingly purely masculine craft. Some of the Kovgerl went even further and broke with the peaceful nature of the profession. This was Jenny Stephen (nicknamed “Little Pants”). She joined Bill Doolin’s gang and participated in the looting until she was caught by the police. Two years in prison did not change her, after which she continued her illegal activities.
By the beginning of the 20th century, as the Wild West industrialized, the cowboy profession began to become a thing of the past. And she would have sunk into oblivion, if not for one “but.” In the old days, every spring and autumn, cowboys gathered for recounting, inoculation and breeding of cattle, where in between showed their ability to stay in the saddle, catch gobies and control the lasso. Such charges in English were called “round-up”, and in Spanish they were called “rodeo”.
Cowboys demonstrated their prowess for a reason – it gave them more chances to get a job next year. Over time, cowboy fun turned into a sport that we know as a rodeo: its main disciplines are racing on a wild bull or an unbroken horse, as well as catching gobies for lasso and without him – by jumping onto the back of an animal from a horse. But there is also an additional program, which includes, for example, a milking of a wild cow or a children’s rodeo, where little cowboys jump on sheep.
Demonstrating their art in sports, modern cowboys risk nothing less than their predecessors. Although their income is much higher than that of prairie herders from the prairies, they are also more often injured: the lion’s share of the earnings of athletes are forced to spend on treatment.