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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frontier_myth

The western myth is far removed from the historical reality of the West. Often movies, comics and American literature neglect to show realities of the journey west, and the life on the frontier. Failing to show the brutalities of Indian warfare, racism towards Mexican-Americans and Blacks and the boom-and-bust mentality rooted ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowboy

Because of the time and physical ability needed to develop necessary skills, the cowboy often began his career as an adolescent, earning wages as soon as he had enough skill to be hired, (often as young as 12 or 13) and who, if not crippled by injury, might handle cattle or horses for the rest of his working life. In the United ...

www.history.com/topics/cowboys

Find out more about the history of Cowboys, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more. Get all the facts ... The cowboy of myth and reality had his beginnings in Texas. ... The image of the courageous, spirited horseman living a dangerous life carried with it an appeal that refuses to disappear.

www.ushistory.org/us/41b.asp

Mining was not the only bonanza to be found in the West. Millions could be made in the cattle industry. A calf bought for $5 in Southern Texas might sell for $60 in Chicago. The problem was, of course, getting the cattle to market. In 1867, Joseph McCoy tracked a path known as the Chisholm Trail from Texas to Abilene , ...

www.nytimes.com/1981/01/21/us/a-cowboy-hero-myth-and-reality.html

Jan 21, 1981 ... Like many of the nation's perceptions about the West, some of its most common notions about the American cowboy are myths. But if myths survive long enough, some acquire a life of their own. And in a curious way, as Mr. Reagan arrives with his posse in Washington, he is at once epitomizing many of the ...

www.pkwy.k12.mo.us/intra/professional/student_work/west_web4/A%20Cowboys%20Life.htm

A Cowboy's Life. The cowboys were a big part of the American West mainly becuase of the image they made and what the American West was thought to have been about. In many movies, the cowboy is the one that rides on the horse chasing the bad guy, and shooting someone with his magnum. But in reality, the cowboy ...

www.bartleby.com/essay/Cowboys-Myth-V-Reality-F3THQKCVJ

Jul 29, 2013 ... Cowboys did not fight in duels, kill Indians, or rescue the damsel in distress. Instead they drove cattle for thousands of miles, bribed Indians to avoid conflict, and were often single. Cowboys were believed to be lone vigilantes who weather the tough terrain of a life on the road alone. However in reality the ...

www.cracked.com/article_20372_5-ridiculous-myths-everyone-believes-about-wild-west.html

Apr 24, 2013 ... The Reality: Well, not really. Granted, between the United States cavalry and, uh, pretty much every tribe you can name, things certainly got good and massacre-y. But skirmishes .... to cowboy hats. They also wore chaps, held rodeos, and lived the life of a cowboy in relative anonymity for some 200 years.

www.theguardian.com/books/2013/mar/20/myth-of-the-cowboy

Mar 20, 2013 ... How did the lone cowboy hero become such a potent figure in American culture? In an extract from his final book Fractured Times, the late Eric Hobsbawm follows a trail from cheap novels and B-westerns to Ronald Reagan. Cowboy throwing lasso. The lone cowboy hero is far removed from the reality of ...