I believe it was Ron Scheer over at Buddies in the Saddle that recommended this book to me:
Here's the description on the back:
"Wagon boss Hugh Hitchcock knows the cowboy life better than most: In 1883 if you’re a cowboy, you can’t own a cow and you are stigmatized as a drunk. Worse, you are exploited by the wealthy cattle owners who fence the range, replace traditions and trust with written rules of employment, refuse to pay a livable wage, and change things “that ought to be left alone.” The cowboys working in the Canadian River country of the Texas Panhandle decide to fight back, to do the unthinkable: go on strike.
In this celebrated novel, Elmer Kelton uses the true but little-known Canadian River incident to focus on the changes brought to ranching by big-money syndicates."
For those of you interested in learning about this strike, instead of running a search on "Canadian River Strike," you're better off running a search under "Cowboy Strike of 1883." There's plenty of material out there.
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