"The Day The Cowboys Quit": The Cowboy Strike That Happened In Texas Panhandle, 1883. (Book Report Sample)
BOOK REPORT ON THE TITLE; The Day the Cowboys Quit. IT talks about the cowboy strike that happened in Texas Panhandle, 1883. The story uniquely depicts the economic, social and political changes that took place in Texas before the civil war.source..
Book Report: The Day the Cowboys Quit
“The Day the Cowboys Quit” novel- Elmer Kelton was published by Tom Doherty Associates, 1999. The book's content is compressed into 288 pages written in a western literature format (Kelton 6). The novel is a historical western pulp fiction that talks about the cowboy strike that happened in Texas Panhandle, 1883. The story uniquely depicts the economic, social and political changes that took place in Texas before the civil war.
The critical settings for the tale are on the ranches found in Canadian River area western part of Texas, Texas Panhandle in the 1880s. The Day the Cowboys Quit is a novel inspired by a factual historical event. It is all about a strike against big ranches on the Texas high plains after the encroachment of syndicates upon the beef industry that ends free range which drives away the Cowboys' freedom and loving nature resulting into their beefing up and striking in response. The cowboys who were once a representation of freedom since they could do anything they wished, later become stigmatized as drinkers and downgraded. They slowly lose their privileges with the arrival of wealthy Eastern corporates. In 1883, a dogmatic was set which declared that “if you are a cowboy, you cannot own a cow.” With restrictions from their usual routine such as; carrying weapons or firearms, gambling, and drinking alcohol, they join together to safeguard their freedom strictly-they go on strike (Kelton 88).
The main characters are easily identified in the story; Hugh Hitchcock (Hitch) and his two best friends who happen to be brothers (Law McGinty and Rascal McGinty). Hitch is the wagon boss for rancher owned by Charlie Waide and his friends were worked under him. Hitchcock is a single young man in his thirties who sees the life of a cowboy very interesting. Despite that you are overworked and little wages in return, there was much freedom of the outdoors and the open range one would also develop his herd