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By Christopher Knowlton

 A innovative new appraisal of the outdated West and the the United States it made

The open variety farm animals period lasted slightly a quarter-century, however it left the United States irrevocably replaced. those few many years following the Civil battle introduced the USA its maximum boom-and-bust cycle till the melancholy, the discovery of the meeting line, and the sunrise of the conservation move. It encouraged legends, equivalent to that icon of rugged individualism, the cowboy. but this amazing time and its import have remained unexamined for decades.

Cattle Kingdom unearths the reality of the way the West rose and fell, and the way its legacy defines us at the present time. the story takes us from dust-choked farm animals drives to the not going splendors of boomtowns like Abilene, Kansas, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. We enterprise from the Texas Panhandle to the Dakota Badlands to the Chicago stockyards. We meet a various array of players—from the specialist cowboy Teddy Blue to the failed rancher and destiny president Teddy Roosevelt. Knowlton indicates us how they and others like them may well in achieving such a lot of oversized feats: killing thousands of bison in a decade, construction the 1st opera residence at the open variety, riding livestock through the thousand, and lots more and plenty extra. Cattle country is a revelatory new view of the outdated West.

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