Slatta insists that the real story of the cowboy predates as well as antedates the brief golden age of trail drives and open-range ranching (from about 1867 to 1887), and his book tells that story "from the cattleman's early roots to his modern incarnations." The author points out that the image of the cowboy has always been a two-sided coin--some think of him as the tough, virtuous hero of the American West; others imagine him as a lawless villain. There are chapters here dealing with life on the ranch and on the trail, food and free-time activities, and the cowboy's role in popular culture. Color and black-and-white photographs appear on nearly every page, the most interesting ones being the black-and-white photos from years ago: a cowboy branding cattle in Nebraska (circa 1900), a cowboy photographed by Edward Curtis (circa 1905), two men on bucking broncos (circa 1904), and cowboys trailing weaned calves (circa 1933). Slatta quotes from western poems, songs, and novels, all of which add to the book's fascination. George CohenCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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