The Cattle Towns / Edition 1

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"Excellent . . . readable and persuasive. . . . One of the most refreshing and rewarding approaches to be applied to western history topics in many years."-American Historical Review
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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner

"A towering landmark in our knowledge of the old West."—San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner
American Historical Review

"Excellent . . . readable and persuasive. . . . One of the most refreshing and rewarding approaches to be applied to western history topics in many years, for [Dykstra] is asking basic questions about social process and the nature of urban society. . . . "—American Historical Review
American Quarterly

"This is social history at its best."—American Quarterly
William H. Goetzmann

"One of the most intelligent, interesting, and worthwhile contributions to the field of Western history in some time. [Dykstra] has managed to say something rather basic about American culture in general."—William H. Goetzmann, University of Texas at Austin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803265615
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1983
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 412
  • Sales rank: 862,587
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert R. Dykstra is professor of history and public policy at the State University of New York at Albany.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Town-Building and the Texas Cattle Trade 3
I Beginnings 11
II Cattle Town Enterprise 74
III The Adjustment to Violence 112
IV Preserving the Cattle Trade 149
V The Rural Dimension 178
VI The Politics of Factionalism 207
VII The Politics of Reform 239
VIII The Cattle Town Besieged 293
Conclusion: History and the Cattle Town Experience 355
Appendix A The Elkins-McKitrick Thesis 371
Appendix B A Note on Methodology 379
Acknowledgments 385
Index 387
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