The Cattle Kings

Lewis Atherton, Timothy Lehman
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-03901-9
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Cowboys, gunslingers, and superpowered marshals dominate fictionalized accounts of the American West, but they were minor figures in the true history of the region. In The Cattle Kings, Lewis Atherton restores the leading role to the cattlemen—the genuine adventurers who opened the plains, built empires, and brought prosperity, law, and order to the West.

This classic history of the west tells the true stories of rugged cattlemen like Charles Goodnight, Shanghai Pierce, the Lang family, the Marquis de Morres, and Richard King, who were attracted by the challenge of the frontier and the astounding economic opportunities it offered. Self-reliant and progressive, these young individualists revolutionized ranching. The new industry transformed the West, bringing law and order to infamous sin towns like Abilene and Dodge City and leaving an indelible mark on America’s national history and character. Atherton dramatically recreates the realities and economics of everyday life on the ranches, including the role of women and the philosophy, religion, and education of the cattle region. Now with an updated foreword by Western historian Timothy Lehman, this new edition of a beloved classic reveals the true heroes of the legendary cattle kingdoms that created the West.

Author Bio

Lewis Atheron wrote several books on American history, including Main Street on the Middle Border and The Pioneer Merchant in Mid-America. He was Professor of History at the University of Missouri, Director of the Western Historical Manuscripts Collection, and the first recipient of the University's Distinguished Faculty Award in 1960.

Timothy Lehman is Professor of History and Political Science at Rocky Mountain College and the author of Public Values, Private Lands: American Farmland Preservation Policy, 1933–1985 and Bloodshed at Little Bighorn: Sitting Bull, Custer, and the Destinies of Nations.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Timothy Lehman

1. Change and Continuity

2. Why Be a Cattleman?

3. Code of the WEst

4. Live and Let Live

5. The MOderating Hand of Woman

6. The Cult of the Self-Made Man

7. God's Elect

8. Changing Tides of Fortune

9. Land, Labor, and Capital

10. Poker on Joint-Stock Principles

11. The Vanguard of Change

12. Cattleman and Cowboy: Fact and Fancy

13. The Cattleman's Role in American Culture