Black Cowboys of the Old West: True, Sensational, and Little-Known Stories from History

Black Cowboys of the Old West: True, Sensational, and Little-Known Stories from History

by Tricia Martineau Wagner

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The word cowboy conjures up vivid images of rugged men on saddled horses—men lassoing cattle, riding bulls, or brandishing guns in a shoot-out. White men, as Hollywood remembers them. What is woefully missing from these scenes is their counterparts: the black cowboys who made up one-fourth of the wranglers and rodeo riders. This book tells their story.
When the Civil War ended, black men left the Old South in large numbers to seek a living in the Old West—industrious men resolved to carve out a life for themselves on the wild, roaming plains. Some had experience working cattle from their time as slaves; others simply sought a freedom they had never known before. The lucky travelled on horseback; the rest, by foot. Over dirt roads they went from Alabama and South Carolina to present-day Texas and California up north through Kansas to Montana. The Old West was a land of opportunity for these adventurous wranglers and future rodeo champions.

A long overdue testament to the courage and skill of black cowboys, Black Cowboys of the Old West finally gives these courageous men their rightful place in history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762760718
Publisher: TwoDot
Publication date: 12/21/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 219,730
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Tricia Martineau Wagner has a B.A. in Elementary Education and attended the University of Toledo and Miami University, Ohio. She taught elementary school and was a reading specialist for twelve years. She is member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and the Evangelical Press Association.

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