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Barbed Wire: The Fence That Changed the West


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How could an ordinary fence shape a nation's history? Before the 1870s, much of the American West was an uninterrupted expanse of plains, where native tribes followed buffalo herds for hundreds of miles and cowboys ran cattle wherever water and grass led them. After the Homestead Act of 1862, settlers pouring into the West to stake their claims found that farming was not easy in cattle country, where the Law of the Open Range dictated that the needs of the herds-and their owners-came first. Then, seemingly overnight, ...

Barbed Wire: The Fence That Changed the West 2016, Mountain Press Publishing Company

ISBN-13: 9780878425570

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