Cow Boys and Cattle Men : Class and Masculinities on the Texas Frontier, 1865-1900

By: Moore, Jacqueline MMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: New York : NYU Press, 2009Description: 1 online resource (282 p.)ISBN: 9780814759844Subject(s): Cattle trade -- Social aspects -- Texas -- History -- 19th century | Cowboys -- Texas -- History -- 19th century | Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas | Masculinity -- Texas -- History -- 19th century | Ranch life -- Texas -- History -- 19th century | Ranchers -- Texas -- History -- 19th century | Sex role -- Texas -- History -- 19th century | Social classes -- Texas -- History -- 19th century | Texas -- Social conditions -- 19th century | Texas -- Social life and customs -- 19th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Cow Boys and Cattle Men : Class and Masculinities on the Texas Frontier, 1865-1900DDC classification: 305.33/6362130976409034 LOC classification: F391 .M934 2010Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART I: DOING THE JOB; 1 Of Men and Cattle; 2 From Boys to Men; 3 At Work; PART II: HAVING FUN; 4 A Society of Men; 5 Men and Women; 6 In Town; Epilogue: The Cowboy Becomes Myth; Notes; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; About the Author
Summary: Cowboys are an American legend, but despite ubiquity in history and popular culture, misperceptions abound. Technically, a cowboy worked with cattle, as a ranch hand, while his boss, the cattleman, owned the ranch. Jacqueline M. Moore casts aside romantic and one-dimensional images of cowboys by analyzing the class, gender, and labor histories of ranching in Texas during the second half of the nineteenth century. As working-class men, cowboys showed their masculinity through their skills at work as well as public displays in town. But what cowboys thought was manly behavior did not always matc
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Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART I: DOING THE JOB; 1 Of Men and Cattle; 2 From Boys to Men; 3 At Work; PART II: HAVING FUN; 4 A Society of Men; 5 Men and Women; 6 In Town; Epilogue: The Cowboy Becomes Myth; Notes; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; About the Author

Cowboys are an American legend, but despite ubiquity in history and popular culture, misperceptions abound. Technically, a cowboy worked with cattle, as a ranch hand, while his boss, the cattleman, owned the ranch. Jacqueline M. Moore casts aside romantic and one-dimensional images of cowboys by analyzing the class, gender, and labor histories of ranching in Texas during the second half of the nineteenth century. As working-class men, cowboys showed their masculinity through their skills at work as well as public displays in town. But what cowboys thought was manly behavior did not always matc

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In this short but significant book, Moore (Austin College) offers a convincing corrective to the romanticized views of cowboys and cattlemen advanced by purveyors of popular culture in the US. She contends that cowboys were essentially working-class men who rode horses and herded cattle, but whose values were similar to workers in other lines of work. Ranch owners, on the other hand, were men for whom cattle were profitable commodities. They were generally middle-class men whose ambitions were similar to those of Gilded Age captains of industry. Texas cowboys and cattlemen served as prototypes for the cattle frontier of the American West. They held contrasting views of masculinity, a theme that underlies Moore's book. For example, cowboys who "tore up the cow towns" and consorted with prostitutes did not view their conduct as reckless and outrageous. The town was their arena, and their activities were rituals of masculinity. Cattlemen, who often had family and friends in town, reflected a middle-class masculinity that stressed restraint, control, and stability. An end chapter critiques how cowboys have been transformed into iconic figures of US culture. Moore's book is provocative in its theme and informative in its coverage of the work of both cowboys and cattlemen. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General and undergraduate collections. L. B. Gimelli emeritus, Eastern Michigan University

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MooreJacqueline M.:

Jacqueline M. Moore is Professor of History at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. She is the author of several books, including Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois and the Struggle for Racial Uplift.

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