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Author Moore, Jacqueline M., 1965-

Title Cow boys and cattle men : class and masculinities on the Texas frontier, 1865-1900 / Jacqueline M. Moore

Publ Info New York : New York University Press, [2010]
 RWU Main Library  F391 .M934 2010    AVAILABLE
 Salve Main Collection  F391 .M934 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xii, 269 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note "Published in cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University."
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Doing the job -- Of men and cattle -- From boys to men -- At work -- Having fun -- A society of men -- Men and women -- In town -- Epilogue: the cowboy becomes myth
Note "Cowboys are an American legend, but despite their 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-classmen, 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 match those ideas of the business-minded cattlemen who largely absorbed middle-class masculine ideals of restraint. Real men, by these standards, had self-mastery over their impulses and didn't fight, drink, gamble, or consort with "unsavory" women, Moore explores how, in contrast to the mythic image, from the late 1870s on, as the Texas frontier became more settled and the open range disappeared, the real cowboys faced increasing demands from the people around them to rein in the very traits that Americans considered the most masculine."--BOOK JACKET
LC subject Cowboys -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Ranchers -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Masculinity -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Sex role -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Ranch life -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas
Texas -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
Cattle trade -- Social aspects -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Social classes -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Texas -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Add Author William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Alt Title Cowboys and cattlemen
ISBN 9780814757390 (cloth : alk. paper)
0814757391 (cloth : alk. paper)