A Texas Cowboy: or, Fifteen Years on the Hurricane Deck of a by Charles A. Siringo

By Charles A. Siringo

After a nomadic youth, Charles Siringo signed on as a teenage cowboy for the famous Texas livestock king, Shanghai Pierce, and started a lifestyles that embraced the entire labor, pleasure, and event readers at the present time go along with the cowboy period. He "rid the Chisholm trail," using 2,500 heads of farm animals from Austin to Kansas; knew Tascosanow a old monumentwhen it used to be domestic to raucous saloons, crimson mild districts, and a good percentage 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 lifestyles as a itchy-footed boy, cowhand, diversity detective, and adventurer used to be one the 1st classics concerning the outdated West and helped to romanticize the West and its delusion of the yankee cowboy.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 transforming into up."

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Even women like Stone, who secured a college education when few American women did, faced the repercussions of a cultural anxiety that ran deep about the possibility of women moving into the rhetorical arenas in which cultural power was brokered. Those forms of literacy that were denied to Lucy Stone and nineteenth-century women in general were the very modes of rhetoric through which social, political, and cultural power were disseminated: the arts of argumentation and public speaking. Lillian O’Connor has made irrefutably clear in Pioneer Women Orators: Rhetoric in the Antebellum Reform Movement (1954) that the experience of Lucy Stone was far from singular.

5 The parlor-rhetoric curriculum, comprised of rhetoric manuals, encyclopedias, and conduct literature, had achieved wide popularity by 1885 and continued to engage the public’s interest into the early decades of the twentieth century. The parlor-rhetoric movement achieved the significant goal of promoting rhetorical literacy to a greater number of Americans than otherwise would have obtained it. However, the obvious good achieved by the successful promotion of rhetorical training to the general public in the postbellum period and the late decades of the century is complicated by a tension in parlor pedagogies between egalitarian education and ideological conservatism that plays a dominant role generally in nineteenth-century discourses about gender and rhetorical performance.

Popular conduct books such as Sarah J. Hale’s widely reprinted Manners; or, Happy Homes and Good Society All Year Around (1868) and Alfred Ayres’s The Mentor (1884) promised readers a general education in the social graces for both sexes and typically included chapters on letter writing and conversation as indispensable topics (see chap. 3 Instruction in rhetorical skills offered by conduct books and encyclopedias was supplemented by rhetoric manuals written particularly for the home learner that treated elocution, oratory, argumentation, composition, or letter writing in greater detail.

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