The West, the Man, and the Myth
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.
NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.