The Log of a Cowboy: A Narrative of the Old Trail Days [NOOK Book]

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What are the connections between cattle branding and Christian salvation, between livestock castration and square dancing, between cattle rustling and the making of spurs and horsehair bridles in prison, between children's coloring books and cowboy poetry as it is practiced today? The Cowboy uses literary, historical, folkloric, and pop and cultural sources to document ways in which cowboys address religion, gender, economics, and literature. Arguing that cowboys are defined by the work they do, Allmendinger sets...
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The Log of a Cowboy: A Narrative of the Old Trail Days

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What are the connections between cattle branding and Christian salvation, between livestock castration and square dancing, between cattle rustling and the making of spurs and horsehair bridles in prison, between children's coloring books and cowboy poetry as it is practiced today? The Cowboy uses literary, historical, folkloric, and pop and cultural sources to document ways in which cowboys address religion, gender, economics, and literature. Arguing that cowboys are defined by the work they do, Allmendinger sets out in each chapter to investigate one form of labor (such as branding, castration, or rustling) in the cowboy's "work culture." He looks at early oral poems recited around campfires, on trail drives, at roundups, and at home in ranch bunkhouses, and at later poems, histories, and autobiographies written by cowboys about their work - most of which have never before received scholarly attention. Allmendinger shows how these texts address larger concerns than the work at hand - including art, morality, spirituality, and male sexuality. In addition to spotlighting little-known texts, art, and archival sources, The Cowboy examines the works of Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Willa Cather, Louis L'Amour, Larry McMurtry, and others. Unique among studies of the American cowboy, Allmendinger's study looks at what cowboys thought of themselves, and the ways in which they represented those thoughts in their own prose, poetry, and artifacts. Richly illustrated with photographs of cowboys at work and at play, many previously unpublished, The Cowboy will interest scholars of American literature and history, and American Studies, as well as those interested in Western history and culture, folklore, and gender studies.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940025576037
  • Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin and company
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1903 volume
  • File size: 539 KB

Meet the Author


Andy Adams was born in Indiana to pioneer parents. In the early 1880s he moved to Texas, where he spent the next ten years driving cattle along the Western trail. At the age of forty-three, he published The Log of a Cowboy, his most successful book. He died in Colorado Springs in 1935.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Skin Grammar: Cattle Branding and Symbolic Wounds 15
2 Frontier Gender: Livestock Castration and Square Dancing 48
3 Dual/Dueling Identities: Rustlers and Cowboy Detectives 83
4 Where Seldom Is Heard a Discouraging Word: Orphanhood and Orality at Home on the Range 121
Notes 159
Bibliography 185
Index 195
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    |☺The N-Logs First Issue!☺|

    You know what's epic? The fact that you are now reading the very first issue...of The N-Logs! So celebrate with a cupcake! No, I don't have a cupcake; if I did, I would EAT IT! Just for reference, any names I use in The N-Logs that are in RL are nicknames in order to conceal the identities of the people used here. Many of my friends here have already claimed the nicknames, though some people I will get creative with. Well, here we go!<p>

    So in computers class today, I naturally logged on and went over to my friend Shawn to chit-chat like we always do. Somehow we got onto the topic of 'Stranger-Danger.' Anyway, we were talking, then finally concluded something. You know how your parents tell you not to talk to strangers? Well, Shawn and I concluded that if a stranger comes to you and tells you to get in their car or whatever, you can do it; as long as you don't talk to them! (DO NOT TAKE THAT SERIOUSLY! THAT WAS A JOKE AND IS NOT REAL ADVICE!)<p>

    Anyone seen the movie 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'? It is definitely one of the BEST movies of ALL TIME!!! Most of the lines are great, but my favorite was when Walter was in the ocean and the fin came up, then the fisherman kept telling him "Do not worry, it is only a porpoise! It will protect you from the sharks!" Then, the shark tries to EAT Walter and the fisherman is like "Okay it is not a porpoise!....Stop befriending the shark!" OMIGERD THAT IS SOOOOO HILARIOUS!!!<p>

    Ask Stan~<br>
    Alright Pooflinger, you asked why I am so stupid and why I don't boil you alive. First of all, since you did not give a name, I gave you one! You're welcome. Now, the real question is, how can you possibly be dumb enough to ask me the EXACT question I said NOT to ask, and why do you ASSUME that I'm stupid? I am not stupid, actually, I am in a class for people who are at higher academics than the others. I don't fling that around most times, but since you are being a boyle on the<br>
    butt of mankind, you deserve it. Also, you should really learn what a METAPHOR is, because you OBVIOUSLY don't know what it is. I won't ACTUALLY cook you on boil and eat you alive! Additionally, you actually said it wrong: I said 'cook you on boil and eat you alive,' in the Ask Stan section, not 'boil you alive.' So it looks like you ar too lazy to get your facts straight. Finally, I feel sorry for you because you have nothing better to do but ask pointless questions to people who will clearly be a smart aloc about it. So, my advice is to socialize more with your friends and find some good hobbies to spend your time with. In addition, maybe you can find an actice roleplay on the Nook and be enjoyable on it. If you don't like my advice, then make like a pickle and dill with it, because I don't like your question.<p>

    Join TreyClan at 'trey' res 1, bios at 'orange cat' res 1! We are slowly rising, but could really use your help in making this clan grow!<p>

    To all who read the Ask Stan section and need advice: I am not snarky while answering serious questions. I had specified in the advice res that if people ask rude questions like 'Why are you so stupid?' then I would answer in my own way. I had also specified that I am as much of a SMART-ALOC as you can get, so do not be surprised by my answer. If it is a true, serious question for advice or whatever, I will be serious and true as well. (Ask Stan at res 5)<p>

    Well, that concludes this issue, so I hope you look forward to the next one!<p>

    EVERYBODY DO THE FLOP!~Stan&#9786

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Cowboys

    I havent read it all the way but it is good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Fascinating and entertaining

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It amazes me how different life used to be. I wished that the book hadn't ended, I wanted to read more and learn about what it was like on the train and the cowboys' reunions with their families. The book had some issues with formatting and errors in copying, but I was still able to understand most of it. I would have enjoyed an editted copy better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    better than lonesome dove

    I enjoyed the book. Wish i could of been there!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    H None u need to no No one u need to know

    I thought it was good could b better

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    It looks cool

    This book has great pictures and the reveiw of this book really describes this book!!!! Its a really good book!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Horrible

    The copying is horrible

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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