The Cowboy: An Unconventional History of Civilization on the Old-Time Cattle Range

Overview

The American cowboy has long been a popular figure in fiction, motion pictures,and studies of the West, but over the years inaccuracies have crept in, distorting the image of the real cowboy. Philip Ashton Rollins, in The Cowboy, sets out to provide a complete, accurate handbook on the everyday life of the cowboy--trailing, herding, branding, round-up, and horsebreaking. He also discusses tools of the trade, including types of saddles, bits, riatas, boots, and spurs. Most vivid is his presentation of the cowboy’s...

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Overview

The American cowboy has long been a popular figure in fiction, motion pictures,and studies of the West, but over the years inaccuracies have crept in, distorting the image of the real cowboy. Philip Ashton Rollins, in The Cowboy, sets out to provide a complete, accurate handbook on the everyday life of the cowboy--trailing, herding, branding, round-up, and horsebreaking. He also discusses tools of the trade, including types of saddles, bits, riatas, boots, and spurs. Most vivid is his presentation of the cowboy’s personality, code, mores, and amusements.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806129365
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/1997
  • Edition description: Revised and Enlarged Edition
  • Pages: 402
  • Sales rank: 1,433,570
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Ashton Rollins participated in two cattle drives as a teenager and spent six months on the Cheyenne Indians' Dakota reservation. Educated as a lawyer in the East, he regularly returned to visit and study the West firsthand. He is the author of several books on cowboys and the West, including Jinglebob: A True Story of a Real Cowboy and Gone Haywire: Two Tenderfoots on the Montana Cattle Range in 1886.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface to Revised and Enlarged Edition
Preface to First Edition
I The Beginnings of Ranching 1
II Ranchmen and Farmers 27
III Definitions and Cowboy Ways 39
IV Cowboy Character 65
V What the Cowboy Wore 103
VI Saddles 120
VII Bridle, Lariat, and Quirt 137
VIII Equipment and Furnishings 153
IX Diversions and Recreations 174
X The Day's Work 191
XI Live Stock 215
XII Branding and the Round-Up 233
XIII The Cattle Drive 257
XIV Breaking Horses 287
XV Visit to Town 318
XVI Rustling 330
XVII Trailing 346
XVIII Later Phases of Western Migration 371
Appendix 385
Index 395
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