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Author Name:    Holliday, Barbara

Title:   To Be a Cowboy: Oliver Christensen's Story (Legacies Shared)

Binding:   Paperback

Book Condition:   Very Good

Publisher:    University of Calgary Press 2004

ISBN Number:   155238117X / 9781552381175

Seller ID:   IM173325

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During a time of two world wars and a sluggish world economy, many Northern Europeans left their homelands to build the American and Canadian West with dreams of abundance and new life. Spanning a period from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s, "To Be a Cowboy "recounts the dreams and realities of a father and a son. Otto Christensen came to North America in the early 1900s as an indentured farm worker from Denmark with a dream of becoming a successful farmer in Alberta. His son, Oliver, grew up on his father's farm during the Dirty Thirties and soon realized his dream of becoming a cowboy in the mid-1940s. As a rider at the Bar U Ranch -- the largest, most successful ranch in Canada at the time -- Oliver discovered life as a cowboy could not be his for long. Based on oral history interviews and a treasure trove of family papers, " To Be A Cowboy "is a compelling memoir that paints a portrait of a dying way of life.



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