The Days the Cowboys Quit

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Elmer Kelton The Day the Cowboys Quit Texas Christian University Press, Forth Worth The Day the Cowboys Quit written by Elmer Kelton is an old western novel based on the events of the strike that took place at old Tascosa in the Texas Panhandle in 1883. It portraits in a very unique and interesting way the social, political, and economical changes that were taking place in the years before and after the Civil War in Texas; how the cowboys who for long had being men that in a way represented freedom itself (For being able to go anywhere they wanted to, at any given time, and could survive with little to no money on their pockets)? Were falling victims to the stereotype of being a bunch of drunks, and downgraded to a regular…show more content…
This was an outrage and the cowboys organized one more time and got Hitchcock to run for Sheriff. After being elected Sheriff Hitchcock yield the power to convict the big corporations for the murder of his friend Law McGinty and for stealing his cattle. By becoming Sheriff Hitchcock help to insure that the big corporations would no longer be able to run over good honest people by buying political influence anymore. The Day the Cowboys Quit takes us back to a time of change in our country’s history, and gives us a more in depth perception on what the life of a cowboy was like back then, the changes that were taking place at the time thanks to the advancement of industrialization in our country, and the often abuse of power that characterized many of the big corporations of the 1880’s. The main settings for the story are the ranches in the Texas Panhandle during the 1880’s. The particular style of Elmer Kelton’s writing make this book fairly easy to read and understand; by using a simple way of writing, avoiding big words, and useless information that would otherwise distract or direct the reader away from the main idea of the story. This avid style of writing also makes the reader not only be able to read, but also feel the story; allows the reader to feel what Hitchcock and his friends were living like if the reader had being there. The importance of these books is mainly to illustrate the changing factors that were

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