PRO/CON: BARBED WIRE In the 1870s, one invention changed how people lived in the West. It was barbed wire. Barbed wire is very stiff and has sharp points sticking out. Farmers could now keep their cattle in one place. The barbed wire protected the cattle from predators, too. It made raising cattle easier for the farmers. However, Native Americans could no longer hunt cattle freely on lands. 20 Some people say barbed wire was a good invention, while others say it was bad. What do you think? 2 The townspeople cheered as Hector rode into town with the bull following behind. Midas, of course, did not cheer. His mouth dropped open and he stared at Hector and the bull. The bull snorted and stomped his feet. Midas moved back and fell. The townspeople laughed. Midas ran to his buggy. “Here is the bull,” said Hector. “I have completed this task.” “That is not the great white bull,” crowed Midas. Hector brushed off the sand and the white bull gleamed once again. “Fine,” Midas smirked. Midas ordered the bull to be held in a pen made of sharp barbed wire. “Now kill the bull,” he commanded. The townspeople gasped.
OBB Level D The Labors of Hector
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