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by Paul I. Wellman Jr.

  • ISBN: 0803297238
  • Category: History
  • Author: Paul I. Wellman Jr.
  • Subcategory: Americas
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (August 1, 1988)
  • Pages: 433 pages
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  • Rating: 4.4
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The Trampling Herd: The Story of the Cattle Range in America, 1939. Angel with Spurs, 1942. The Bowl of Brass, 1944. The Walls of Jericho, 1947. Death on Horseback, 1947 (combines Death on the Prairie & Death in the Desert).

The Trampling Herd: The Story of the Cattle Range in America, 1939. The Indian Wars of the West, 1947 (formerly Death on Horseback). The Iron Mistress, 1951. The Comancheros, 1952. The Female, A Novel of Another Time, 1953. Glory, God and Gold, 1954. The Blazing Southwest, The Pioneer Story of the American Southwest, 1954. Jericho’s Daughters, 1956.

The Trampling Herd book. In this colorful and comprehensive history of the cattle industry in the American West, Paul I. Wellman reaches back to the early sixteenth century, when the first cattle were brought from Spain to Mexico. He hits his stride in describ Cattle crossed the Rio Grande into what is now the United States as early as 1580, forty years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.

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Novelist and historian Wellman here provides an indescribably superior one-volume story of the range-cattle business that reads as easily as fiction.

Cattle crossed the Rio Grande into what is now the United States as early as 1580, forty years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.

This is more than a history of the cattle drives. This is a peek into a period of time that catches the reader's attention with the opening sentence and drives the reader to read on. Paul Wellman has written a classic in narrative form, and brings to life the men and women and the cattle of the West from Texas to Montana, and from Missouri to California' - "Denver Roundup". A rousing good book' - "New York Times"

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Cattle crossed the Rio Grande into what is now the United States as early as 1580, forty years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. In this colorful and comprehensive history of the cattle industry in the American West, Paul I. Wellman reaches back to the early sixteenth century, when the first cattle were brought from Spain to Mexico. He hits his stride in describing the great cattle drives that began after the Civil War when Texans desperately needed to ex-pand their markets. Hell-bent cow towns like Abilene and Dodge City make a big noise again, and so do figures of different bents: Joseph C. McCoy, Charles Goodnight, Oliver Loving, John Chisum, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Wild Bill Hickok, and Billy the Kid. The coming of barbed wire and the great blizzards of 1886 and 1887 brought about dramatic changes in the cattle industry—all chronicled down to 1939, when The Trampling Herd was first published.
Reviews about The Trampling Herd: The Story of the Cattle Range in America (5):
Kahavor
This book covered all aspects of cattle raising, habits, breeds, marketing, etc. This book was more true during the 1930's when it was written.
Lucam
I can't imagine needing more information on the cattle industry in North America than Wellman's 1951 book supplies. Despite its style reflecting the literary, political and social sensibilities of the first half of the 20th century, a minor weakness for today's readers, this tale reviews cattle in the West from the 1500's up until around 1940. We learn so much about the breeds and feeds and needs of the animals, and the creeds and deeds of their keepers, that Wellman's book should be read by anyone who fancies him or herself a "Wild West historian" even if an amateur one. Sure, we have likely learned a lot of "new" facts about the great cattle barons in the past 60 years, and about Billy the Kid and Wyatt Earp and others who became legends partly because of when and where cattle raising or rustling touched their lives. And I am pretty sure, due to my reading of other contributions to this genre, that Wellman's recounting of events in Dodge City, or Lincoln, NM or Tombstone include some misinformation. But in a book like this, exactitude of detail is less important than getting the overall

influence of one major industry right. And he does. Here you learn about the hardship of the trails, and the pros and cons of each path to market, and why the centers of cattle delivery shifted so completely from one Kansas town to the next as the railroads moved west or south

of the previous track. To me, one of the most fascinating chapters is only ten pages long and tells of the brief one-season when Newton, KS was the cattle drive terminus. He calls it "Newton's General Massacre" and it would make a fine movie: the year is 1871. Two quarreling cowboys had a duel, and the loser died. Three days later a visitor was killed in a shooting that was declared accidental. About six weeks later a young cowboy was murdered in the sin district of town. Then a night policeman killed a gambler in a dispute over a prostitute's favors. That fellow was killed a few days later by someone avenging the death of the gambler. That dead night cop, however, had befriended an apparently orphaned, physically frail teenager, and took care of his needs for food and shelter, earning the boy's devotion. When the boy's only friend was murdered, his young friend, a witness to the event, grabbed a key and locked the door to the barroom with the killer and his friends still within. He then pulled a gun from his ragged outfit, killed or wounded eight men, and successfully escaped the scene, never to be found or held accountable. Wellman labels this "The bloodiest gun battle in the history of the West." Men the murderous boy left standing continued to shoot each other in the coming days, out of revenge and frustration. This book has many tales much like this, and if you like this sort of thing, find a copy or order it via inter-library loan.
Lavivan
Novelist and historian Wellman here provides an indescribably superior one-volume story of the range-cattle business that reads as easily as fiction. Beginning with the Spanish roots of the Southwestern cattle ranches, he goes on to tell something of the early Anglo settlement of Texas, the troubles with the Comanches, the "hide-and-tallow empire" built up in antebellum days, the effects of the Civil War, the clashes with the Kansans, the founding of Abilene. He talks about stampedes and what was done about them, great trail towns and their lawmen, lean years and fat ones, the cowboy's work and play, and a gallery of unforgettable Western characters, good, bad, and indifferent. He studies the Lincoln County War, the coming of "bobwire," and why cowmen hated sheep. There is information I got from this book that I've found nowhere else. You will say the same. Every lover of Western social history should be glad to see it back in print.
Kazijora
Wellman, who died in 1966, was born in Oklahoma and worked on Wichita and Kansas City newspaper for much of his life, before moving to California and freelance writing. This book, written in 1939, is an excellent summary account of the cattle trade in the West, from 1580 to the early 1900s. He touches on just about everything having to do with his topic, from historical figures and events to equipment. I thought he spent a tad too much space on Billy the Kid, the Earps, and such (they don't seem that important to the cattle business), but he's an excellent writer. The first half of the book is the best. Recommended.
Landaron
WAS AS ADVERTISED, I WOULD BUT FROM THIS SELLER AGAIN!

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