June 26, 2017

Today in History: Owen Wister & Cowboy Culture

Home on the Range (.mp3)

Today in History–July 14–the Library of Congress features novelist Owen Wister, born on this day in 1860, whose 1902 novel The Virginian helped create the myth of the American cowboy. Click on the image above to zoom into key scenes from the novel highlighted on this literary map, then visit the Today in History section to learn more about cowboy culture. Still pining for more? Click the links below to access loads of cowyboy-related stories and primary sources.

Cowboy stories


Nevada’s Buckaroos

Cowboy poetry

Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Medora

Cheyenne Frontier Days

Montana Horse Story

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Shows

Fall Roundup on the Ninety-Six Ranch

Salt Grass Trail Ride

Fourth of July Rodeo

Charro Day Parade

Cowboy primary sources

Buckaroos in Paradise Collection

History of the American West photograph collection

Cowboy images

More cowboy images

Cowboy videos

Cowboy audio

Cowboy sheet music

Cowboy documents

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