The Day The Cowboys Quit
?The Day the Cowboys Quit was inspired by an historic event, a strike against large ranches on the Texas high plains, when the encroachment of an Eastern corporate mentality drove freedom-loving cowboys to drastic measures?no matter the cost.?
On Sale: February 5, 2008
Featuring: Hugh Hitchcock
Mass Market Paperback
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In later years people often asked Hugh Hitchcock about the
Canadian River cowboy strike of 1883.
Wagon boss Hugh Hitchcock knows the cowboy life better than
most: In 1883 if youâ€™re a cowboy, you canâ€™t own a cow and
you are stigmatized as a drunk. Worse, you are exploited by
the wealthy cattle owners who fence the range, replace
traditions and trust with written rules of employment,
refuse to pay a livable wage, and change things â€śthat ought
to be left alone.â€ť The cowboys working in the Canadian River
country of the Texas Panhandle decide to fight back, to do
the unthinkable: go on strike.
In this celebrated novel, Elmer Kelton uses the true but
little-known Canadian River incident to focus on the changes
brought to ranching by big-money syndicates.
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