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The Life and Adventures of Nat Love, Better Known in the Cattle Country as "Deadwood Dick" (Blacks in the American West)

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Thousands of black cowpunchers drove cattle up the Chisholm Trail after the Civil War, but only Nat Love wrote about his experiences. Born to slaves in Davidson County, Tennessee, the newly freed Love struck out for Kansas after the war. He was fifteen and already endowed with a reckless and romantic readiness. In wide-open Dodge City he joined up with an outfit from the Texas Panhandle to begin a career riding the range and fighting Indians, outlaws, and the elements. Years later he would say, “I had an unusually adventurous life.”
 
That was rare understatement. More characteristic was Loves claim: “I carry the marks of fourteen bullet wounds on different parts of my body, most any one of which would be sufficient to kill an ordinary man, but I am not even crippled.” In 1876 a virtuoso rodeo performance in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, won him the moniker of Deadwood Dick. He became known as DD all over the West, entering into dime novels as a mysteriously dark and heroic presence. This vivid autobiography includes encounters with Bat Masterson and Billy the Kid, a soon-after view of the Custer battlefield, and a successful courtship. Love left the range in 1890, the year of the official closing of the frontier. Then, as a Pullman train conductor he traveled his old trails, and those good times bring his story to a satisfying end.

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Introducing this Bison Books edition is Brackette F. Williams, an associate professor of anthropology in African American studies at the University of Arizona. Her books include Stains on My Name, War in My Veins: Guyana and the Politics of Cultural Struggle.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803279551
Introduction:
Williams, Brackette F.
Author:
Williams, Brackette F.
Author:
Love, Nat
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Cowboys
Subject:
West
Subject:
West (U.S.) Biography.
Subject:
African American cowboys
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Cowboys -- West (U.S.)
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Number:
Bison Books ed.
Edition Description:
Bison Books
Series:
Blacks in the American West
Series Volume:
99
Publication Date:
19950931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illus.
Pages:
162
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 0.5 lb

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