Comparing Cowboys and Frontiers

Comparing Cowboys and Frontiers

by Richard W. Slatta
     
 

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806133843
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
338
Sales rank:
1,437,988
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Historical Frontier Imagery in Canada, the United States, and Latin America3
Ch. 2Indian Equestrian Economies: A Hemispheric Perspective35
Ch. 3Extremes of Empire: Spanish Colonial Military Policy in the Pampas of Argentina and the Internal Provinces of New Spain52
Ch. 4Vaqueros and Charros: Mexico's Horsemen74
Ch. 5Cowboys, Gauchos, and Llaneros83
Ch. 6Frontier Institutions: Western Saloons and Argentine Pulperias99
Ch. 7Turner's Influence in Canada and Latin America121
Ch. 8Gaucho and Gaucho: Comparative Socioeconomic Change in Rio Grande do Sul and Buenos Aires Province, 1869-1920135
Ch. 9Social History in the Saddle: Trailing Cowboys of the Americas155
Ch. 10Dangers of Frontier Overrevisionism: Cautionary Notes from Alberta to Abilene to Argentina182
Notes203
Glossary257
Selected Bibliography265
Index312

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