American west

American west - 1 English 802 Frank Fucile Reilly Meiers...

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1 English 802 Reilly Meiers Frank Fucile 3/9/2011 Jane Tompkins explains in her article “At the Buffalo Bill Museum”, in June 1988 , that “we cannot teach history how it should have been” (602). In her article about her experience at the museum, William Frederick Cody or Buffalo Bill is an example of how we view the American cowboy today. Shortly after the Civil War, Texas cattle-drivers headed thousands of longhorns north and a great American hero, the cowboy, was born. Generations of boys left the cities, towns, farms, and the comforts of home to live the life of their idol, the cowboy (Cary 5). In the article, “Legacy of the America West: Indian Cowboys, Black Cowboys and Vaqueros”, S. Kay Gandy describes the American cowboy as a heroic horse riding, cattle ranging and Indian fighting icon. This is also discussed in articles by Theodore Roosevelt, C.W Dana, and Patricia Nelson Limerick. In understanding their discussion, one can make the conclusion that history cannot be changed, but one can use current values to make judgments about the way it should have been to learn and improve ideals carried out today.
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2 A steady salary of 30 dollars a month, eighteen-hour days, guaranteed hard work and hard living, lured thousands of soon-to-be cowboys with only the promise of honor, pride, and the respect of lifelong friends. After 1912, when the cattle business began to crumble, American cowboys became jobless so they went to Hollywood (Cary 1). Cowboys like Buffalo Bill have appeared in many literary works, TV shows and movies. Theodore Roosevelt claims in “From Ranch Life in the Far West” that it was the traveling cowboys and ranchers who made it possible for settlers to settle in the West. Patricia Nelson Limerick also describes in her article, “Denial and Dependence,” the experience of the rancher, how the move to the West lessened their desired independence. Limerick argues that though the West seems to represent freedom, it does the opposite. The West, with its wide open spaces may represent freedom. She states that any Western Politician or Businessman would state the West’s representation of freedom but, instead, Westerners ended up being dependent on the government. C. W. Dana, in her article “From the Great West; or the Garden of the
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