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Backlund 1 Joshua Backlund Dr. Rude 1/27/19 Romanticized Vision The American Cowboy: Myth vs. Reality The word “cowboy” comes from the Spanish word “vaquero” . When the word “cowboy” is being talked about most Americans think of a glamorous life looting trains, fighting indians, plaid shirts, big white hats, young southern white males etc. But, the truth is not always how it seems, “cowboys” were medium sized, usually young, any race or gender, gunless and spend most of their days working fifteen plus hours dealing with cattle. Cowboys spent most of their days rebuilding houses and fences, took care of horses and more and they usually made around twenty five dollars to forty dollars per month. “Unlike the “guitar-strumming, holier-than-thou movie set outdoorsman” or the “pale imitation of the cowboy who was once content to ride the range” that America envisioned as it romanticized the image of the cowboy, their lives were much more violent. (Fishwick 81)” The reason for violence occured mostly for conflicts between cattle raisers and large and small ranchers. “Historian Frederick Jackson Turner’s famous essay
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