The Life and Adventures of Nat Love
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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 T...more
Paperback, 162 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by University of Nebraska Press (first published January 1st 1988)
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Thom Swennes
Nov 15, 2012 Thom Swennes rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Western lovers
The autobiographical work by Nat Love (1854-1921), an ex-slave from a Tennessee plantation, The Life and Adventures of Nat Love, reads like a penny novel. I have heard many people complain about the casual use of historical personages in the writing of an historical novel but Nat Love apparently did it for real. Buffalo Bill, the James brothers, Billy the Kid and Pat Garret all played a part in his colorful life. He couldn't be accused of being humble as he claims to be the best in everything h...more
Esther
Interesting to see the Old West and the cowboy life from the point of view of an African American. I found it strange that the only mention of racism or prejudice was at the beginning when Nat tells about plantation life. Apparently there were several African American cowboys in the Old West. If he dealt with prejudice, he certainly didn't mention it.

Nat was an interesting man. One of the toughest. He knew and was friendly with many well-known characters - the James bros. Wild Bill Hickock and m...more
Betty
I found this book interesting. Nat Love had an adventuresome life as a cowboy. The involvement of blacks in most of history is not well known and this book is unique because Nat Love wrote about his life as a slave boy, a cowboy, and as a porter when he quit being a cowboy. He became known as Deadwood Dick after a rodeo performance in Deadwood, Dakota Territory. He also became well known all over the west. This autobiography tells about his encounters with Bat Materson, Billy the Kid, Jessie and...more
Lindsey
This is the autobiography of an African-American cowboy, and, wow, did he have an exciting life! Regardless of whether he actually knew Jesse James, whether he really survived more than fourteen bullet wounds, or whether he was truly the inspiration for the dime-novel hero Deadwood Dick, it's an amazing story, and Love's narrative voice is so appealing that as a reader you think, well, why not?
Susan Sorkin


A diary type book about the old west. Interesting history but way too much detail and description of the landscape. I found myself skipping many paragraphs.
Anna
I really enjoyed this book. It is hard to imagine what it would have been like to give up life as a rough and ready cowboy to become a pullman porter.
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The Life and Adventures of Nat Love Better Known in the Cattle Country as "Deadwood Dick" Life and Adventures of Nat Love; better known in cattle country as Deadwood Dick Cowboy Stories

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