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.

Focuses on the experiences of blacks as mountain men, soldiers, homesteaders, and scouts on the frontiers of the American West.

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Overview

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.

Focuses on the experiences of blacks as mountain men, soldiers, homesteaders, and scouts on the frontiers of the American West.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
This lovely text shatters the myth that only the white people settled the West. In fact, we learn that one quarter of the 38,000 cowboys who rode the open ranges in the late 1850s were African-American. Schlissel tells stories about these cowboys along with other African-Americans who moved west after the end of the Civil War. Filled with vintage photographs, this book makes the lives of these unsung heroes come alive.
Children's Literature
Between 1865 and 1900 African Americans were a part of the Old West and its exploration and settlement, but few written accounts of their exploits have survived. Photographs of some have been preserved, but even many of those have no identity. Schlissel attempts to present short biographies of some of the more prominent, but her book fails to capture the interest of the reader. She moves between two styles--presenting the history of African Americans in the Old West to presenting short chapter biographies of a few individuals. She never seems to find her style, and thus, leaves the reader asking "if this is all." The book is choppy and disjointed in several places. The bibliography given in the back contains older sources that may indicate that little has been written on the subject. The photographs do add a haunting quality to the book and credits are given for each. Perhaps the book fills a void, but it would see little use in most libraries. 2000 (orig.
KLIATT
There are not many books that solely address the African American experience during the westward expansion, but this title includes a wealth of information on the subject. Individuals like Bill Pickett, Nat Love and Stagecoach Mary Fields are profiled, and readers learn of the intermingling of African American and Native American cultures, as well as the roles black pioneers played in society. The author combines her narrative with photographs and illustrations, including reproductions from artists Frederic Remington and Winslow Homer chronicling this time period. In fact, photographs and illustrations play a large part in this work, serving two purposes: to illustrate points in this book, and to make for an eye-catching and attractive presentation. The author's style is interesting and informative, and subject matter is separated into short chapters, making it a book that can be skimmed for information or read from cover to cover. Black Frontiers is a good resource for students needing to research elements of black history, or for inclusion as part of a unit study in history. A list of museums of black western history supplements the text. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1995, Simon & Schuster, Aladdin, 80p, 21cm, illus, notes, bibliog, index, 92-120, $7.99. Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Tricia Finch; Youth Scvs. Libn., North Port P.L., North Port, FL, May 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 3)
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-The subtitle of this book is the key to its content-not the title. Schlissel presents biographies of several black settlers, as well as more general chapters such as ``Black Homesteaders,'' ``The Dime Novel,'' and ``The Buffalo Soldiers.'' The text, though not extensive, is informative and well written. Even though most of the persons mentioned are given attention in other books, the collecting of them under one cover makes this title appealing to most libraries. Black-and-white photos and reproductions, some clearer than others, appear on almost every page.-George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689833151
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 695,906
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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