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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.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Aladdin (first published January 1st 2000)
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Random little book that I found on a library display, but I really enjoyed it. It was really interesting. I loved all the old pictures in it, hearing the stories about certain cowboys and people of the west. I'd never really thought about African Americans when it comes to the old west. There were some really cool stories. Being born and partially raised in Kansas, all my family still lives there, it was cool hearing about those historical places and imagining the cowboys and cattle runs happeni ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I read about Mary Fields and skimmed the rest. Seems like a book I would read if I had more time.
The photos are incredible, the information is critical, and the writing is serviceable. This is a powerful, effective must-read that I am thrilled to be adding to my classroom library. These photos of African Americans participating in every complex facet of "Westward expansion" immediately shift the paradigm and narrative of American history and made me wonder how I'd gone so long without picturing this part of American history -- let alone seeing pictures of it. Joel Christian Gill's graphic n ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Many of us recall the town's reception for Sheriff Bart when he first comes to Rock Ridge. Not many major motion pictures chose to feature black cowboys or other than white western heros. Though Blazing Saddles isn't history, it did leave me with an impression of African-Americans in the old West. That impression was substantially wrong, uninformed and inadequate.

The frontier was a chance for many to get a fresh start and this started very early in our history. Schlissel does an extraordinary se
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 369th Armory in Washington Heights is the site of the annual Black World Championship Rodeo, A Brooklyn college faculty she has written a very informative and eye-opening narrative on a part of American history that purports to only be composed of "John Wayne" personas.

Her historical account not only speaks to the very depressed information that Africans in the new world and Native Americans bonded to form an alliance against racism but also to aid one another.

Jim Beckwourth lived with the
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of historical photos, facts, stories and unknown heroes. Throughout the book the African American and American Indian relationship is discussed. Many African Americans lived with American Indian tribes, married, had children, learned the culture and language, even before the Civil War.

The Black Homesteaders and Exodusters are discussed. After the Civil War, Benjamin Singleton purchased part of a Cherokee reservation. Mr. Singleton offered homesteaders the chance to start a blac
Leon Gray
Jul 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Black Frontiers is a good picture book for Social Studies Standard:
SS5H3 The student will describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century.
a. Describe the role of the cattle trails in the late 19th century; include the Black Cowboys of Texas, the Great Western Cattle Trail, and the Chisholm Trail.

This book is a great illustration of African American Cowboys in Texas and the Old West. Good source to use a supplemental text that describes historical black cowboys, culture, and life
I loved how this book helped me to expand my picture of what cowboys (and cowgals) and settlers looked like in the 1800s. I wish, however, that it had been able to do this while treating Indians a little more humanely... constantly referring to Natives as "red men" and "the dangerous Apache chief Geronimo" only perpetuates stereotypes about Indians being "other" and "dangerous" and "savage".

But, I did appreciate learning about what black folks did during this time period. So I'd say a good comp
Lexy Nuesch
Schlissel’s book provided me with further information about the black homesteaders and the settlements they formed for my History Day project.
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Good history book for children!
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Lillian Schlissel is professor emerita of Brooklyn College-CUNY, where she was director of American studies. Her books include Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey; Far From Home: Families of the Westward Journey, written with Byrd Gibbens and Elizabeth Hampsten, Western Women, Their Land, Their Lives; and Western Women’s Reader (with Catherine Lavender). Schlissel is a member of the editorial ...more