By Bruce A. Glasrud,Michael N. Searles,Albert S. Broussard

Who have been the black cowboys? They have been drovers, foremen, fiddlers, cowpunchers, farm animals rustlers, chefs, and singers. They labored as wranglers, riders, ropers, bulldoggers, and bronc busters. They got here from diverse backgrounds—some grew up in slavery, whereas unfastened blacks frequently received their begin in Texas and Mexico. such a lot who joined the lengthy path drives have been males, yet black ladies additionally rode and labored on western ranches and farms.

the 1st review of the topic in additional than fifty years, Black Cowboys within the American West surveys the lifestyles and paintings of those farm animals drivers from the years ahead of the Civil warfare throughout the flip of the 20th century. together with either vintage, formerly released articles and interesting new examine, this assortment additionally good points choose debts of twentieth-century rodeos, song, humans, and flicks. prepared in 3 sections—“Cowboys at the Range,” “Performing Cowboys,” and “Outriders of the Black Cowboys”—the 13 chapters remove darkness from the good variety of the black cowboy experience.

like any ranch palms and riders, African American cowboys lived challenging, risky lives. yet black drovers have been anticipated to do the roughest, most deadly work—and to do it with no criticism. They confronted discrimination out west, albeit under within the South, which many had left looking for autonomy and freedom. As cowboys, they can get away the brutal violence visited on African american citizens in lots of southern groups and northerly cities.

Black cowhands stay an essential component of lifestyles within the West, the descendants of African americans who ventured west and helped settle and determine black groups. This long-overdue exam of 19th- and twentieth-century black cowboys guarantees that they, and their many tales and studies, will stay identified and told.

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