The Real American Cowboy

No figure has contributed as much to American culture as that of the cowboy. Describing American dreams and values as seen through the cowboy image, Jack Weston contrasts that image with reality : the hardworking rider who had t…

No figure has contributed as much to American culture as that of the cowboy. Describing American dreams and values as seen through the cowboy image, Jack Weston contrasts that image with reality : the hardworking rider who had to fight not only the elements but his employer in order to make a slender living. The Real American Cowboy is a fascinating account of real life in the Wild West–not glamorous as in the movies, but full of the excitement of a hard and dangerous trade.
The very special treatment of the cowboy image in nineteenth-century journalism and the dime novel, and in the twentieth-century media as well, explains the growth of the cowboy myth and its effect on America’s goals and assumptions. In analyzing the differences between the myth and the historical reality, this book offers an important new assessment of the Western–and the West–in fiction, film, and in life.

Howdy Pardner

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