Saddle up and stow your bedroll, it’s time to hit the dusty trail as we take a look at the history of the American cowboy. This week, in part one, we start in the early 19th century in the American southwest with Mexican Vaqueros, and end up mid-century in Abilene, Kansas and the era of the cattle drive.
Show notes and links:
- The History Files #75: Election Shenanigans (csicon.fm)
- Bad Cat Productions – head over and subscribe! (youtube.com)
- “Ranch life and the hunting-trail”, Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 (archive.org) Complete text.
- The Cowboys, William H. Forbis & Time-Life Books. (amazon.com)
- Two Years Before the Mast, Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
- Joseph McCoy
- Bad Cat Store at Zazzle (zazzle.com)
- “The Cowboy’s Lament”, performed by Ken Maynard (1930) This Week’s special music.
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