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Oaths & Pledges - Western

Gene Autry's Cowboy Code of Honor - The western adventure THE GENE AUTRY SHOW/CBS/1950-56, featured the exploits of Gene Autry, the singing cowboy and his sidekick, Pat Buttram as they wandered from town to town in the Southwest helping maintain law and order.

Gene Autry at the Melody Ranch

Gene Autry established ten basic rules for the cowboy. They are as follows:

1. A cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or takes unfair advantage.
2. A cowboy must never go back on his word, or a trust confided too him. 
3. A cowboy always tells the truth. 
4. A cowboy is kind to children, old folks, and animals. 
5. A cowboy is free from racial and religious prejudices. 
6. A cowboy is helpful and always assists those in trouble.
7. A cowboy is industrious and always works hard. 
8. A cowboy is clean in thought, word, and deed.
9. A cowboy always respects his parents, women and all laws of the country.
10. A cowboy is a true patriot.

For a good read on the cowboy culture check out  the book The Cowboy Way: An Exploration of History and Culture. Edited by Paul H. Carlson. Texas Tech University Presss (2000).


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