bk. 1. The reluctant immigrant -- First cow upon the Plains -- Noble ancestry -- The cow walks again -- bk. 2. Individual ranch spreads -- Some dedicated men -- Pulling for new grass -- The moving trails -- The Indian summer of old Dodge -- Deepening dedication -- bk. 3. Organizations, corporations, and buggy bosses -- Disciples under the oak and the cottonwood -- The bonanza -- The big die-ups -- The national trail -- Of the giants : the XIT -- bk. 4. Private empire -- The threat -- Stetsoned crusaders -- Scattered to the winds -- Cow horse and betting blood -- Kings of the fenced range -- bk. 5. Beef factories and festivals -- New breed -- Ritual and restoration.
The Cattlemen is the story of the cattle industry in America and of the men whose ranches reached from the Rio Grande into Montana, from the early Spanish days to Mari Sandoz's contemporary times. It is the second in Sandoz's trilogy of books narrating the history of the American West in relation to animal species.