Against the Grain

Cowboys, Class Struggle, and the West

The cowboy is a mythified character in American society, conjuring up rugged individualism and masculine brawn, values dear to American capitalism. But historian Mark Lause suggests that when we think of the cowboy, we should think of a precarious wage worker.


Mark A. Lause, The Great Cowboy Strike: Bullets, Ballots and Class Conflicts in the American West Verso, 2018


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