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The Buffalo Soldier
This heartwarming story of a buffalo soldier's service to his country during the Indian Wars and Spanish-American War reveals the many hardships these regiments faced. The African-American buffalo soldiers, nicknamed by the Cheyenne Indians because of their curly hair and bravery, joined the six black regiments commissioned by an act of Congress in 1866. These men, many of ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 31st 2006 by Pelican Publishing Company
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This picturebook illustrates the story of buffalo soldiers. In 1866 Congress passed a law that ordered that there be black regiments established. Since this allowed blacks to be a part of the U.S. Army, many used this opportunity as a way to escape poverty and gain respect. These soldiers faced many hardships due to poor supplies, unruly horses, undesirable assignments, and prejudice. Yet despite this, these men pushed on diligently. This story tells how one man was able to come from slavery, pr ...more
Realizing that his future lies in owning land, not just being free, a young man raised as a slave becomes a buffalo soldier--a member of an all-black cavalry regiment formed to protect white settlers from Indians, bandits, and outlaws, and that later fought in the Spanish American War. Includes historical note. www.hcpl.net
I chose this for a picture book for its unique and colorful illustrations. The Buffalo Soldier is a great book for Third to Fourth graders as it is written from the point of view of a freed slave after the civil war and his life after the war. It also provides a little bit of a history lesson for the reader.
A beautifully illustrated work of history covering the African-American Soldiers, more commonly known as Buffalo Soldiers, who came out west to patrol and help establish the United State’s new land after the Spanish-American War. This is a wonderful addition to any elementary or middle school library or classroom and to students reading list to better illustrate this topic that is practically a foot-note in their text books.