Happy birthday to Buffalo Bill Cody, born on this day in 1846!
Looking back from our 21st Century vantage point on his life as a buffalo hunter, Indian war scout, and Wild West show impresario, it’s not hard to feel that he was part of what was problematic about 19th Century America. But in the context of his era, he may not have been so bad.
He opposed hide hunting and favored the implementation of a hunting season.
About Native Americans, he said the following: “Every Indian outbreak that I have ever known has resulted from broken promises and broken treaties by the government."
And this was his attitude on women’s rights: “What we want to do is give women even more liberty than they have. Let them do any kind of work they see fit, and if they do it as well as men, give them the same pay."
Like I said, fairly progressive compared to many others of his time.