In Frontier Cattle Ranching in the Land and Times of Charlie Russell, Warren Elofson debunks the myth of the American "wild west" and the Canadian "mild west" by demonstrating that cattlemen on both sides of the forty-ninth parallel shared a common experience. Focusing on Montana, Southern Alberta, Southern Saskatchewan, and the well-known figure of Charlie Russell - an artist and storyteller from that era who spent time on both sides of the border - Elofson examines the lives of cowboys and ranch owners, looking closely at the prevalence of drunkenness, prostitution, gunplay, rustling, and vigilante justice in both Canada and the United States.
Warren M. Elofson, a former rancher in Alberta, is professor of history at the University of Calgary and the author of Cowboys, Gentlemen, and Cattle Thieves and Somebody Else's Money.
"Elofson makes a significant contribution to the literature on the ranching frontier. At the same time, he adds a new facet to the important debate on the differences and similarities of Canadian and United States societies." Andy den Otter, Department of History, Memorial University of Newfoundland