By Charles A. Siringo
After a nomadic formative years, Charles Siringo signed on as a teenage cowboy for the famous Texas livestock king, Shanghai Pierce, and started a lifestyles that embraced all of the exertions, pleasure, and event readers this day go along with the cowboy period. He "rid the Chisholm trail," using 2,500 heads of livestock from Austin to Kansas; knew Tascosa—now a old monument—when it used to be domestic to raucous saloons, pink gentle districts, and a good proportion of violence; and led a posse of cowboys in pursuit of Billy the child and his gang.
First released in 1885, Siringo's chronicle of his existence as a itchy-footed boy, cowhand, variety detective, and adventurer was once one the 1st classics concerning the previous West and helped to romanticize the West and its delusion of the yankee cowboy. Will Rogers declared, "That was once the Cowboy's Bible while i used to be turning out to be up."
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Thus the modes of historical consciousness which emerged in the 19305 and 19405 were manifestations of the ambivalent spirit of cultural modernism. The prototypical historical consciousness A SOUTHERN RENAISSANCE 1Q of the modern period is obsessed with the past and the precarious possibilities of its survival. In addition, the preoccupation with the past among Southern writers and intellectuals in this period was typically Southern. Still, they were by no means united in their attitudes toward the past in general or toward the family romance in particular.
Also in the absence of its traditional authorizations, present authority may degenerate into the application of violence which in turn provokes counterviolence. "28 Certainly of the rehashing of old verities there was no end in the 19305. One thinks here of the Agrarians or of William Alexander Percy. Calling upon the past to aid the present, they attempted to revitalize the tradition by turning it into a conservative, even reactionary ideology. Some, like Percy, realized that the tradition could not be revitalized in any binding, collective way and that it had become "merely" a personal code by which they could at least live.
Slavery placed the South on the defensive in the modern world. From its early cosmopolitanism, the South after 1830 increasingly turned inward, developing a siege mentality to justify itself and its essential institutions. Under attack from the outside, the region came to see THE SOUTHEKN FAMILY ROMANCE AND ITS CONTEXT 21 itself as different from the rest of the United States. e. 2 In the planter ideology, leisure was valued over hard work; the cultivation of the social graces and hospitality was preferred to the pursuit of the main chance; a patriarchal hierarchical society came to seem preferable to an egalitarian one; the agrarian way of life was preferred to the urban, industrial sort.