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By Jeff Savage

James McCauley stood watch over his herd of livestock within the dead night darkness. typhoon clouds plastered the sky. unexpectedly, a clap of thunder stirred the farm animals. anxious via the loud sound, the farm animals have been off and working. Stampede! McCauley's horse acquired jittery, and took him in each course. McCauley used to be misplaced! The lifetime of a cowboy within the Wild West was once difficult. From branding farm animals to farm animals drives, a cowboy labored difficult. writer Jeff Savage takes a firsthand examine the lives of yankee cowboys, from rounding up farm animals to the top of an extended force.

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Women Cowboys Though uncommon, women played a role as cowboys. For the most part, women worked as ranch hands, keeping watch over the herds and rounding up cattle. It was often on their own family’s ranch. Usually, when a father or husband would die, families thought it quite natural for a woman to help with the farmwork. Few participated in the long drives to the railroads. In general, though, people did look down on women performing tough farmwork. But during the Civil War, many women took over their ranches and farms when the men left to fight.

In truth, many cowboys were afraid of even handling a gun. This didn’t prevent them from bragging, however. One cowboy from Montana returned home from town with a bandage on his hand. He bragged that he had been involved in a saloon fight and that the other combatant had been injured far more seriously. His family later found out that the poor cowboy had accidentally shot himself when a photographer handed him a gun so he could pose looking tough. Character As much as cowboys didn’t mind bragging, they hated to hear complaining.

In general, though, people did look down on women performing tough farmwork. But during the Civil War, many women took over their ranches and farms when the men left to fight. Finding dresses impractical for such duties, women wore cowboy boots and culottes. Some even wore men’s clothing. For the most part, this was done out of practicality. Women had ridden sidesaddle for centuries. Now they rode astride. The seeds of independence were sown into the hearts of western women. Though many returned to their traditional roles after the war, some women continued to work in ranching.

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