The Day the Cowboys Quit

The Day the Cowboys Quit

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by Elmer Kelton, James Ward Lee
     
 

ISBN-10: 0875650546

ISBN-13: 9780875650548

Pub. Date: 01/28/1986

Publisher: Texas Christian University Press

In a Western Writers of America survey, The Day the Cowboys Quit was voted one of the top 25 Best Western Novels of all-time.

The time is 1883; the place is the Texas Panhandle. Cowboys refuse to be stigmatized as drinkers and exploited by the wealthy cattle owners who don't pay livable wages. Those very same ranchers want to take away the cowboys' right to

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In a Western Writers of America survey, The Day the Cowboys Quit was voted one of the top 25 Best Western Novels of all-time.

The time is 1883; the place is the Texas Panhandle. Cowboys refuse to be stigmatized as drinkers and exploited by the wealthy cattle owners who don't pay livable wages. Those very same ranchers want to take away the cowboys' right to own cattle because this ownership, the ranchers believe, would lead to thieving. So, in 1883, the dictum is set: If you're a cowboy, you can't own a cow. When rumors of such legislations travel from wagon to wagon, the cowboys decide to rally and fight for their rights - they gather together and strike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780875650548
Publisher:
Texas Christian University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1986
Series:
Texas Tradition Series
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
470,788
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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The Day the Cowboys Quit 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story loosely based on an actual cowboy strike in Tascosa, TX in 1883. The characters have depth which makes you feel like you know them and hope for the good guys to win. You feel like you are there with the cattle, the dust and damp smell of the dugouts, sourdough biscuits, bad coffee and more. I loved how the author chose the words which would be just how the cowboys would talk: "Hitch, you better git over yonder. There's apt to be trouble." The story so interesting that I read it faster than I normally read. I didn't want to put it down. I am looking forward to reading another of his early books.