Comparing Cowboys and Frontiers

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Historians of the American west, perhaps inspired by NAFTA and Internet communication, are expanding their intellectual horizons across borders north and south. This collection of essays functions as a how-to guide to comparative frontier research in the American. Frontiers specialist Richard W. Slatta presents topics, techniques, and methods that will intrigue social-science professionals and western-history buffs alike as he explores the frontiers of North and South America from Spanish colonial days into the twentieth century.

The always popular cowboy is joined by the fascinating gaucho, llanero, vaquero, and charro as Slatta compares their work techniques, roundups, songs, tack, lingo, equestrian culture, and vices. We visit saloons and pulperÍas as well as plains pampas, and Slatta expertly compares clothing, weather, terrain, diets, alcoholic beverages, card games ,and military tactics. From primary records we learn how Europeans, Native Americans, and African Americans become the ranch hands, cowmen, and buckaroos of the Americas, and why their dependence on the ranch cattle industry kept them bachelors and landless peons.

Richard W. Slatta is Professor of History at North Carolina State University and the author of numerous books, including Comparing Cowboys and Frontiers.

"Slatta vigorously examines the historical, cultural, and populist aspects of cowboying, paying close attention to their material culture, recreation, and working conditions. This is an enormously interesting and informative study."---Books of the Southwest

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806133843
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 1,411,227
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard W. Slatta is Professor of History at North Carolina State University and the author of numerous books, including Comparing Cowboys and Frontiers.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Ch. 1 Historical Frontier Imagery in Canada, the United States, and Latin America 3
Ch. 2 Indian Equestrian Economies: A Hemispheric Perspective 35
Ch. 3 Extremes of Empire: Spanish Colonial Military Policy in the Pampas of Argentina and the Internal Provinces of New Spain 52
Ch. 4 Vaqueros and Charros: Mexico's Horsemen 74
Ch. 5 Cowboys, Gauchos, and Llaneros 83
Ch. 6 Frontier Institutions: Western Saloons and Argentine Pulperias 99
Ch. 7 Turner's Influence in Canada and Latin America 121
Ch. 8 Gaucho and Gaucho: Comparative Socioeconomic Change in Rio Grande do Sul and Buenos Aires Province, 1869-1920 135
Ch. 9 Social History in the Saddle: Trailing Cowboys of the Americas 155
Ch. 10 Dangers of Frontier Overrevisionism: Cautionary Notes from Alberta to Abilene to Argentina 182
Notes 203
Glossary 257
Selected Bibliography 265
Index 312
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