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By Kristine Fredriksson

ISBN-10: 0585173931

ISBN-13: 9780585173931

ISBN-10: 089096565X

ISBN-13: 9780890965658

The operating cowhand of outdated was once a dusty laborer, yet latest rodeo performers can hone their abilities earlier than small-town crowds and be stars in city coliseums.

Historian Kristine Fredriksson follows the evolution of rodeo from the diversity to Buffalo Bill's Wild West to the extravaganzas nowa days. How a standard, low-paying task turned an leisure that draws hundreds of thousands of spectators is a lesson in American tradition and a narrative that may attract a person who spells "western" with a capital W.

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34 That New Yorkers would find the cowboys wild is no wonder. Even after more than a dozen years of World's Championship rodeos at Madison Square Garden, the inhabitants of that city found cowboys a rather questionable breed. They failed to comprehend that the once-a-year apparition was a human being and not a personage lifted from the movie-theater screen or a radio program. The cowboy suffered from these misconceptions, which naturally slowed down the general acceptance of him as an athlete and of his occupation as a sport.

However, at the so-called matched roping and riding contests, usually between two top contenders in the event in question, fellow cowboys and spectators will wager on their favorites. ) What was to become rodeo, as we know it today, was the play of the working cowboy, in which he would indulge during rare breaks from his regular work or when that work was finished. There were no forms of amusement on the trail; the cowboy had to entertain himself. It was quite natural, therefore, that his pastime would be one in which his occupational skills were involved and could be measured against those of others.

Even after more than a dozen years of World's Championship rodeos at Madison Square Garden, the inhabitants of that city found cowboys a rather questionable breed. They failed to comprehend that the once-a-year apparition was a human being and not a personage lifted from the movie-theater screen or a radio program. The cowboy suffered from these misconceptions, which naturally slowed down the general acceptance of him as an athlete and of his occupation as a sport. " 35 To the New Yorker, and probably to many others, for the first few decades or so of the twentieth century the cowboy remained just thatAmericana.

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