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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Movie heroes and their prototypes: the Hollywood myth about cowboys turned out to be far from reality
Elements of a cowboy image: hat, scarf, plaid shirt The dashing heroes from American Westerns, scorching from two-handed colts, are nothing more than fiction, another Hollywood myth that significantly distorts…

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Millstones of fate of Billy Kid
If the famous sheriff Pat Garrett and some other people who knew him would not have left their written memories of him, we would never have known that in childhood…

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mysterious past behind his back

Millstones of fate of Billy Kid

If the famous sheriff Pat Garrett and some other people who knew him would not have left their written memories of him, we would never have known that in childhood he was presented with a large Bowie knife and he cut them into pieces of neighbors’ kittens. That he killed his first victim at twelve, and all in all twenty-one people died from his revolver. That he was an illiterate wretch, with an explosive, hysterical character, capable of shooting a man only because he snored too loudly! Worst of all, he became drunk, and he drank to a state of insanity. We would never know that, because … it’s all a lie! He knew two languages, wrote an excellent syllable, was famous for his singing and humor. He never robbed banks, trains or stagecoaches, he never insulted anyone, he always respected women and the elderly, and if he killed anyone, he only protected his own life. The people who hunted him were many times worse than him, and yet it was he who became the most famous criminal of the Wild West. His fault was only that he, a boy, was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Circumstances put him outside the law, and yet he tried to start a new life. He was not given … Continue reading

What did the cowboys do for fashion?

Recognizable image

He put on a poncho and jeans or boots with a narrowed cape and a wide leather belt, a hat and a shirt with braid, a bandana or a bolo tie (aka a cowboy tie) – and it’s immediately clear: this is a cowboy style. In order to become like the hero of a western, it is not necessary to dress up in a full-fledged costume: the inhabitants of the West and the filmmakers have done enough to ensure that each individual part of the wardrobe sends the viewer to the familiar image of a rider jumping along the prairies. Continue reading

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

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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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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The story of Joaquin Murieta
The story of Joaquin Murieta and his fellow criminals began, later glorified as heroes of resistance to American expansion. Arrows of the Wild West. Sheriffs, bandits, cowboys, gunfighters California gangster.…

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Lincoln War
After fleeing Maxwin’s burning house, the Regulators took refuge in Fort Sumner, Mexico. Once upon a time there was an army fort on the site of a village, but the…

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