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

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A book by Tricia Martineau Wagner

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: … see full wiki

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Author: Tricia Martineau Wagner
Publisher: TwoDot
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Here's the Perfect Reality-Check About The History of the Old West

  • Jan 29, 2011
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Like many people, I grew up watching programs and movies on television about cowboys and the west. Whether real or not my concepts about history were shaped from television. In BLACK COWBOYS OF THE OLD WEST, my preconceived notions were thrown out with the first two words of this title--BLACK COWBOYS. There were no African American cowboys in those movies yet these black cowboys were firmly a part of the real history of the west.

With spell-binding details, Tricia Wagner writes ten true stories of these cowboys and you learn about the key role they played in American history. The cover shows Nat Love and in the chapter called "An Unusually Adventurous Life," Wagner writes, "Nat's life as a roughrider was at times tragic.'Horses were shot from under me, men killed around me, but always I escaped with a trifling wound at worst,' he said. Attacks by Indians, white desperadoes, and outlaws were common in cow country, but it was the stampedes that got Nat's heart racing." (Page 84)

Also the chapter on Bill Pickett, "Bulldogger Extraordinaire" was remarkable. Talk about courage from a cowboy! Pickett would position himself face to face with a bull in a rodeo ring and as Wagner writes, "A bewildered audience watched in disbelief as Bill Pickett sunk his teeth into the snotty upper lip of the bull. He bit down hard on the steer's sensitive upper lip, holding it in a vise-like grip while simultaneously throwing his arms in the air." (Page 78) Wow. The cowboys on TV never did that sort of stunt!

Each chapter in this title is filled with revelations and interesting insights into the true stories of these African American cowboys. Wagner has culled these stories from a mountain of books listed in an extensive bibliography.

For a fresh perspective on the taming of the west, I highly recommend this book.
Here's the Perfect Reality-Check About The History of the Old West

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