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Famous in the 1920s as a singer of Negro spirituals, Taylor Gordon was born into the only black family living in White Sulphur Springs, Montana. His rough-and-ready upbringing in that mining boom town is warmly remembered in Born to Be. Gordon describes with panache his early years in the Old West, where he was not aware of racial prejudice. As a boy he carried messages fr ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Bison Books
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Talitha (Victorian Soul)
Usually, I review books that are relatively mainstream (i.e. you don't have to look hard to find them) but this book is a bit harder to find, even though it is on Amazon (with a different cover). I'm reviewing this for the benefit of those interested in Montana history, and African Americans in the Old West.

Although the cover might lead you to think most of the book would consist of the exploits of a musician, most of it actually is about coming to that version of happily ever after. Undoubtedly
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Jul 18, 2008 Sheehan rated it liked it
Got this book in Denver on a trip, its a quick and easy read I had hoped would help on background for the settlement of Denver; insights into the nascent black community.

While it is full of great history of the era of early growth of the black community, the book terminates shortly before when I can best guess my great grampy and grammy got there, so it wasn't as useful as I hoped.
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