"Cowboy" Essays and Research Papers

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Thomas Jacob Ainsworth Thomas was easily identifiable in our school. He was the only real cowboy. Some other boys wore the boots and hats of the Western heroes, but Thomas was the only one who had the heart to pull the look off. He never actually wore a cowboy hat to school, he said that was for work, but he could always be seen wearing his boots. They were well worn and could not be mistaken for the boots worn by other boys, which always appeared as if fresh out of the box. Thomas wore his boots...

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Cowboy Subculture Paper

Subculture Cowboy Culture The word cowboy brings to mind images of the old west, mostly movies. Ten gallon hats, boots, spurs, horses, revolvers and of course cows. In todays society the term cowboy or cowgirl isn’t always a favorable one. It can mean ignorant, country, reckless, or just refer to boots and hats. Are Cowboys even still around? Not the “wanna be” hat on the weekend’s type of person, the genuine article. The answer may surprise you. In today’s modern world, cowboys aren’t just still...

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The Days the Cowboys Quit

Elmer Kelton The Day the Cowboys Quit Texas Christian University Press, Forth Worth The Day the Cowboys Quit written by Elmer Kelton is an old western novel based on the events of the strike that took place at old Tascosa in the Texas Panhandle in 1883. It portraits in a very unique and interesting way the social, political, and economical changes that were taking place in the years before and after the Civil War in Texas; how the cowboys who for long had being men that in a way represented...

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The Day the Cowboys Quit

The Day The Cowboys Quit The Day the Cowboys Quit is a novel written by the highly acclaimed Texas native, Elmer Kelton, in 1971. Kelton was born April 29th, 1926 in West Texas. Throughout the early years of his life, Kelton was raised on a ranch and attended college at the University of Texas to study journalism. Over a span of about fifty years, Kenton was hard at work delivering western novels, most of which are based in Texas. The novel The Day the Cowboys Quit received the Spur award in 1971...

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Cowboy myth and reality

Cowboy Myth and Reality The myth of the American cowboys has remained prevalent over the years. Today they are still idolized in the American film industry and characterized as heroes by millions of people. The truth, nonetheless, is that most people only know the myth. The reality and the myth of the cowboy greatly differ. The origin of the cowboy myth can be traced to England. S.W. Scott, who was an Englishmen, that wrote about knights in shining armor. This was between 1810 and 1820...

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Cowboys: Myth V. Reality

The American Cowboy Discuss the American cowboy in terms of myth vs. reality. How and why did this less than glamorous historical figure become transformed into our romantic “All-American” national hero? The traditional cowboy depicted in media is noble, heroic, determined, and humble – all qualities that many individuals would like to possess themselves. So it is no wonder that America has adopted this image of the rugged do-gooder as its national symbol. Through these expectations the image...

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The Day the Cowboys Quit

It's the rare western book that invites a Marxian analysis, but Elmer Kelton, who died recently, was the rare western writer. "The Day the Cowboys Quit"takes place at the intersection of rugged American individualism and the collective efforts of the undercapitalized to improve their lot. The book renders a cowboys' strike - a fascinating concept - that actually happened, on ranches in the Canadian River region of west Texas circa 1883. By Kelton's lights, the strike occurred in the crucible...

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Cowboys And Indians Compare Contrast

  COWBOYS AND INDIANS: COMPARE/CONTRAST  1                        Cowboys and Indians: Compare/Contrast  Hayley Leinstock  Endeavor Charter School                    COWBOYS AND INDIANS: COMPARE/CONTRAST  2  The Wild West, otherwise known as the Old West, was a unique period in American  history. Pop culture has turned much of the true West into legend. Nowadays, many people  perceive the Wild West as told through movies and television shows, but most of what  Hollywood portrays is not quite accurate...

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The American Cowboy: Myth vs. Reality

extinction of the Western frontier and cowboy's character, Americans have found a way to glamorize the image of the cowboy in the west during the 1800's. It is important to emphasize the distinction that historians make between the pop-culture romantic image of the cowboy and the actual lives of cowboys who worked the ranches in a quiet and solitary manner. Contemporary accounts of so-called cowboys offer many different images. John Clay, an old rancher who actually lived and worked among these men described...

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The Influence of Western Cowboys in America

THE INFLUENCE OF WESTERN COWBOYS IN AMERICA Have you ever seen a typical American Western Movie? If so, I think it’s not difficult to form an image of western cowboys in your mind. Then what do they look like? A boy, wearing felt hat and riding boots with dagger and handgun on the waist, press his two legs powerful which makes the horse speed away. In a word, west cowboys are the heroes on horsebacks. Because of the lifestyle and behaviors of them, western cowboys have become a sign of liberty...

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