The Jesse Myth
At the end of the war, Edwards chose not to give up the Yankees and fled to Mexico, from where he returned only after the passions had subsided. Having become…

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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…

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Cowboy - “hero of magic dreams” or everyday drama?
Among other things, foreigners simply do not recognize the associations that are present in the Western myth for the American right, and for any American. Everyone wears jeans, but no…

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Blacks in the Wild West

I recently had the opportunity to participate in one interesting discussion on Facebook on the page of a famous film critic. One of my friends complained about the dominance of political correctness in the new westerns – here in the trailer of the new “Gorgeous Seven” a black character appears, as in many previous westerns of recent years, where “racial diversity” is almost a prerequisite. Without the “black cowboys” nowhere. Although we know that real cowboys should be white, and “Afro-cowboys” have the same relation to historical truth as, for example, the black knights at the court of King Arthur – that is, no one – but they help to attract African-American audiences to the cinemas and protect against criticisms of the liberal public that “the problems of cisgender white middle-aged people no longer bother anyone.” Continue reading

The birth of a legend

But the most expensive part of the toilet was the boots. As a rule, they were made of cowhide, and were made to order. They had a high sloping heel, which did not allow the foot to slip in the stirrups, and a high bootleg. In addition, there were still a lot of different cowboy accessories: gauntlets with leggings, spurs, whips, lasso, tapas – leather cases that were put on stirrups, and of course the weapon. All this should be put in order after the haul, or replaced with new products. Say underwear, or Long Johns (long johns) – a sort of special jumpsuit made of pure wool, usually just thrown away. Continue reading

Cowboy: The History of the American Symbol

The word cowboy, consisting of two words – cow (cow) and boy (boy), literally translated as “cow boy.” In our understanding, something like a shepherd. It is known that it was hard, exhausting work, with very low pay. Nearly half of them had African, Indian or Mexican roots. So, talking about “real American guys” is hardly possible. Not to mention the fact that many had to hide their dark past and unclean conscience. Naturally, they were not completely free or independent. Even the horses for their work, they had to rent from the owner of the ranch. Continue reading

Cowboy - “hero of magic dreams” or everyday drama?
Among other things, foreigners simply do not recognize the associations that are present in the Western myth for the American right, and for any American. Everyone wears jeans, but no…

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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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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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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…

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