Black Frontiers: A History of African American Heroes in the Old West

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Black Frontiers chronicles the life and times of black men and women who settled the West from 1865 to the early 1900s. In this striking book, you'll meet many of these brave individuals face-to-face, through rare vintage photographs and a fascinating account of their real-life history.

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Gr. 3^-6. Schlissel describes the experiences of some African Americans who helped settle the American West. She focuses on mountain men, homesteaders, soldiers, cowboys, and scouts, explaining their contributions to the taming of the frontier. Her subjects range from familiar heroes (Jim Beckwourth, Nat Love, and Bill Pickett) and businesspeople (Barney Ford, Mary Ellen Pleasant, and Biddy Mason) to infamous eccentrics (Stagecoach Mary and Isom Dart). She also includes an excerpt from a dime novel, Arizona Joe, that features a leading black character, Ebony Star. Good-quality period photos and black-and-white reproductions appear on nearly every page, adding human interest and realism to the text. An excellent addition to black history or westward movement units, this can be paired with Daniel Chu's Going Home to Nicodemus , the story of one African American frontier town. Kay Weisman

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Grade 5 Up?The subtitle of this book is the key to its content?not the title. Schlissel presents biographies of several black settlers, as well as more general chapters such as "Black Homesteaders," "The Dime Novel," and "The Buffalo Soldiers." The text, though not extensive, is informative and well written. Even though most of the persons mentioned are given attention in other books, the collecting of them under one cover makes this title appealing to most libraries. Black-and-white photos and reproductions, some clearer than others, appear on almost every page.?George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield
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