Songs of a Cheerful Cowboy
Not ignored by the sculptors and horses, the main assistants of the cowboys. Particularly impressive is the spectacle of the “Blue Mustang”, a giant figure of 32 feet high and…

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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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Real cowboys
There were also the protection of the wagons of immigrants from the attacking Indians, the attack of criminals on the stage coach or the robbery of the train. More than…

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local cattle producers

Europeans were still more attracted by Indians

Cowboy did become a frequent hero of tabloid novels and large-circulation newspapers in the 1870–80s, but, as Lonn Taylor convincingly showed, his image, although heroic, was not uniform. In the 1880s, he turns out to be more antisocial: “a rude, dangerous, recalcitrant and daring individualist,” in any case, when fate confronts him with a sedentary urban population. The new image was created by the middle class of Eastern America, where farming was very strong, and this image was very literary. This can be seen not only from a comparison of the cowboys with the medieval knights of Thomas Malory and the popularity of the one-on-one duel at exactly noon, like a knightly duel, but also from the European origin of some “western” topoi. 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

Experienced cowboy

So why did it take a dramatic increase in the number of shepherds? The fact is that grass grew on the endless plains of the West, which easily tolerated not only drought, but also frost. This allowed the settlers to keep cattle on the pasture all year round. In these open spaces, especially in Texas, feral descendants of Creole cows, still brought by the Spaniards, roamed the land. It was their settlers who caught and crossed with their cattle, mostly imported from England. Continue reading

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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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…

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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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Who is a cowboy
If you ask the first comer “Who is a cowboy?”, Then in 99% of 100 you will hear a very short and firm answer: “A tough guy riding a horse,…

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