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    In later years, people often asked Hugh Hitchcock about the Canadian River cowboy strike of 1883.

    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.

    Performed by Terence Aselford, Bradley Smith, David Coyne, Christopher Graybill, Michael Glenn, Alyssa Wilmoth, Ken Jackson, Joe Brack, Thomas Keegan, Scott McCormick, Thomas Penny, Eric Messner, Danny Gavigan, Patrick Bussink, Tim Carlin, Richard Rohan, James Konicek, Nanette Savard, James Lewis, Christopher Scheeren, Drew Kopas, Michael John Casey, Kimberly Gilbert, Mort Shelby.

    ©1999 Elmer Kelton (P)2012 Graphic Audio, LLC

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