Hat-wearing is a popular American pastime.
But its origins can be traced to the 1820s and 1930s, when cowboy hats were worn in many places, including New York City.
Since then, hats have become a part of the national identity, with many sporting the same patterns.
But what is the origin of the American cowgirl hat?
What are the origins of the cowboy hat, and what do these hats have to do with America?
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil War, we decided to look back to find out.
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