Children's LiteratureThe influence and legacy of blacks in the Western expansion of the United States is not often addressed. This slim book explores this issue for young readers. Part of the "The Library of the Westward Expansion" series, this title introduces readers to fascinating facts about this unique group. Large text and beautiful illustrations and photographs establish the black cowboys' contribution to the western settlement of the United States. From the 1860's to the 1890's these men worked the cattle trails learning skills like roping, branding and breeding from Mexican cowboys. Readers will discover some famous black cowboys such as Bose Ikard and Oliver and Nat Loving, and the notorious black cattle rustlers, Ned Huddleston and Isom Dart. Wild West shows also featured prominent black cowboys. Bill Pickett's trick of biting a steer's nose or lip to wrestle it, made him the first bulldogger. Sidebars entitled "did you know?" offer interesting facts about these cowboys. A glossary, an index and web sites to locate more information are provided. An excellent resource for elementary libraries and classrooms. 2003, Rosen Publishing Group, Ages 8 to 12.