Cowboys After the Civil War: A part of Reconstruction we don't often think about

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This is a very interesting lecture, on CSPAN: Cowboys After the Civil War
http://www.c-span.org/video/?322562-4/discussion-cowboys-postcivil-war-years

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Professor Heather Cox Richardson talked about how cowboys became a symbol for a newly reunited America during the Reconstruction Era. Using examples of Jesse James and Buffalo Bill, Professor Richardson explained how cowboy individualism was viewed as the counterbalance to the Reconstruction Era dominance of the Republican government. Professor Richardson also said that Cowboys' lasting symbolism for American culture far outweighed their actual numbers.​

This is a very thought provoking lecture which takes us beyond many of the notions we have about Reconstruction.

- Alan
 

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