Who won the Big T?
Review by Luz E. on 12/28/21 review stating Who won the Big T?
This winners are the Indians. They came off the best. The rest of the participants acted like they were on an expensive but rustic vacation and quarreled over nothings, got soreheads when they should have been working hard, or were unable to rise to the demands of their situations. The narration was excellent; it pointed out that these playtime cowboys who didnt start work until midmorning were a far cry from the real ones back in the 1860s, who got up at dawn, tired out half a dozen horses during the day, and did,t quit until it got too dark. The women may have had a harder time, having to wear bundles of sweaty clothing in Texas heat and wash everything-- long skirts, pantalettes, crinolines, corsets, camisoles, blouses and shawls by hand, after cooking, pumping water, laundering, feeding animals and gardening dressed in all those layers. Small wonder they rebelled, and then, small wonder the men seemed to act like they were uglies and resented them instead of lending a hand. Only several of the participants had enough initiative to make a go of it-- the fashionnable girl who was supposed to be a domestic helper turned out to be an accomplished horsewoman, and she got into the saddle and rode in the cattle drive, even when the men tried to freeze her out. And also the young man who came from a home schooled family who took over the job of cook after the first participant proved totally incompetent. I guess it is just as true today as it was in 1867, that people with backbone, grit and initiative will turn adverse conditions to their benefit. A lesson we all could learn again!