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Cow Boys and Cattle MenClass and Masculinities on the Texas Frontier, 1865-1900$
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Jacqueline M. Moore

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757390

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757390.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

The West, the Man, and the Myth

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(p.1) Introduction
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Cow Boys and Cattle Men
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Jacqueline M. Moore

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814757390.003.0008

This introductory chapter describes the interplay of masculinity, myth, and manhood in the figure of the cowboy—and their more genteel counterparts, the cattlemen. The iconic cowboy is independent; free to go where he wants, when he wants; and answers to no man but himself. The early Texas cattlemen, particularly the so-called Cattle Kings, on the other hand, have also earned a somewhat iconic status as the down-to-earth builders of Texas. The language that cowboys, cattlemen, and townspeople used makes it clear that they saw the differences between them partly in terms of manhood. A cowboy was always a boy; a cattleman was always a man. Real men restrained themselves, boys acted without restraint. These contrasting ideas of proper manly behavior correspond with the differing ideals of manliness that middle- and working-class men have historically described for themselves.

Keywords:   cowboys, cattlemen, Texas, Cattle Kings, middle-class men, working-class men, masculinity, manhood

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