A Classification of American Wealth
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Page entitled : John W. Gates selling barb wire in Texas

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How John Warne Gates sold barbed wire to Texas ranchers, using showmanship and a daring wager and his role inbarb wire  increasing production manifold

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... background, the Texas cattle raisers had inherited a tradition of transhumance, that is the periodical move of their herds, to avoid over-grazing and allow cultures on the land. Moreover, as in the rest of the Western Plains, Texas cattle raisers traditionally drove their herds to the slaughter houses of Kansas City on the cattle-trails  ...


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