Two days later he was buried at the government's expense in the town cemetary at Muskogee. Another ancestor was the notorious Dan "Dynamite Dick" Clifton, who won his nickname by blowing himself out the side of a moving train while trying to crack a safe. They included hunters, trappers, and sometime cowboys--and their legacy to me includes a realistic appreciation of who the Old West cowboys really were. In a few minutes an Indian woman and a child emerged. The conditions were much more congenial, because of the chance to work outdoors, than the conditions of the 19th century factories where other children labored, but were no less deadly. Much as minstrel shows reinvented slaves as happy-go-lucky banjo-pickers, cowboy movies reinvented cowboys as guitar-twanging knights errant. Those cowboys who survived to physical maturity typically seized upon any opportunity to do almost anything else for a living. They were used not only as cheap and disposable labor, but also for sexual release by older and stronger men.
They also became more predisposed to murdering one another in juvenile disputes misremembered today as heroic gunfights. Cowboys were heavily exploited and usually brutally treated until such time as they became able to beg, borrow, buy or steal a gun. Actually, these sources supplied range bosses, and many of them were literally former slavedrivers. They most definitely were not rodeo-riders, nor rodeo fans, nor people who glorified the cowboy life when and if they were able to escape it. In a few minutes an Indian woman and a child emerged. One of my ancestors bested Frank James--with Jesse James as referee--in a bareknuckled brawl to keep his prized horse, near Lenox, Iowa, during the aftermath of the infamous Northfield Raid. He made only a few yards before bullets cut him down. Shane's quest is for self-respect. Only after the Old West cowboy era had receded from the direct memories of most Americans could Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, et al reinvent their legacy. There are not many Old West roles that some of them didn't play. Rarely did a cowboy live past the age of They were used not only as cheap and disposable labor, but also for sexual release by older and stronger men. Shortly thereafter, the door was suddenly kicked open and Clifton rushed out, guns blazing. Indeed, the macho attitude traditionally affected by cowboys and gunfighters may have reflected the personal sexual insecurity of young men who often had little contact with women from the time they were first sent out on the range in their early teens, until a decade or more later--if they survived long enough and developed skills sufficient to get work back in town. They included hunters, trappers, and sometime cowboys--and their legacy to me includes a realistic appreciation of who the Old West cowboys really were. Such adult men used the pretext of a scarcity of women to establish enforced homosexual relationships in remote camps and ranches comparable to the relationships for which today's prisons are notorious. Meanwhile, many were "used as women" as the phrase of the day put it, unless they dared resist their masters, which could require murder. Only then could cowboy legends like Shane be invented, in which the boys are all grown men. The conditions were much more congenial, because of the chance to work outdoors, than the conditions of the 19th century factories where other children labored, but were no less deadly. Only then could the realistic depiction in Shane of a rancher hiring a gunslinger to help enforce his version of order be separated from the reality that such gunslingers were hired not just to deal with sodbusters, but also to keep the actual cowboys from resisting the rancher's authority. Once free, gunning down other young men little different from themselves was evidently for many gunslinging cowboys a form of venting the self-hatred of rape victims. Mark Twain accurately and thoroughly described the realities of Old West cowboying and gunfighting in his first book, Roughing It, and other authors including Jack London and Joaquin Miller, who actually were onetime cowboys, eloquently affirmed that the general reality of cowboy-work was child labor, even quasi-slavery. Rather, he seeks it through trying to free others of the tyranny of cowboy culture, even at cost of becoming one of the casualties. The high incidence of pederasty and homosexual rape is the great dirty secret of the Old West frontier--and yet this is not from any lack of contemporary accounts which document or hint at it, including the famed woodcuts of men dancing with boys, descriptions of the practices of multiple men sleeping in single beds as if there wasn't room enough out West for everyone to throw down his own bedroll , jokes about turns in the barrel, and the lyrics of certain Old West songs in which young men seem to be given women's names. Real cowboys, undoubtedly off tending the cattle, scarcely appear--except for the silent, seemingly self-hating hero Shane himself, an apparent former cowboy who is unable to shake his unmentioned past, even in a blaze of gunfire that leaves three range bosses dead. Another ancestor was the notorious Dan "Dynamite Dick" Clifton, who won his nickname by blowing himself out the side of a moving train while trying to crack a safe.
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