Black Pioneers: Images of the Black Experience on the North American Frontier

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John Ravage has assembled a phenomenal archive of over 200 never-before-published photographs that depict the full range of African-American experience in the West. Beginning with the earliest available photographs from the mid-1800s, the collection of images in Black Pioneers reconstructs our understanding of the history and contributions of African-Americans to westward expansion. Black Pioneers offers graphic evidence that blacks did not play a limited role in the settlement of the West; instead, their work ...
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Overview

John Ravage has assembled a phenomenal archive of over 200 never-before-published photographs that depict the full range of African-American experience in the West. Beginning with the earliest available photographs from the mid-1800s, the collection of images in Black Pioneers reconstructs our understanding of the history and contributions of African-Americans to westward expansion. Black Pioneers offers graphic evidence that blacks did not play a limited role in the settlement of the West; instead, their work and experiences as politicians, soldiers, doctors, ranchers, deputies, nannies, midwives, cowboys, and homesteaders were crucial to the communities in which they lived. In this book, images of gamblers and outlaws, prospectors and miners, ship captains and rodeo stars further challenge our stereotypes of the West's population. It contains one of the only five known images of Mary Fields, a bar-owner, post-mistress, and shotgun-rider for Wells-Fargo Express and provides witness to the feats of Rolf Logan, cowboy and California homesteader.
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The image of the pioneer as white, male, strong, independent, Protestant, and native-born was created in popular literature towards the end of the 19th century, perhaps as a reaction against increased immigration and urbanization on the east coast. Ravage (communications, U. of Wyoming-Laramie) furthers the struggle to disseminate a truer image by assembling over 200 photographs never published before depicting African-Americans in the West. They are supported by substantial text, drawings, and reproductions of contemporary documents. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780874807417
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 Introduction: Moving Westward and Northward 1
2 Early Imagery 15
3 Black Westerners in White Mythology 25
4 Warriors and Soldiers 39
5 Cowhands and Ranch Hands 51
6 Women of the West 57
7 The Adventurers 71
8 To the Coast 85
9 Plains States: Oklahoma, Kansas, South Dakota, Nebraska 99
10 Desert and Mountains: Arizona, Utah, Nevada 115
11 Points North: Alaska, the Pacific Northwest 135
12 "Haole 'Ele 'Ele" in Owhyhee 151
13 Follow the Drinkin' Gourd 163
14 The Utendale/Shaw/Boyd Trek North 181
Afterword 195
List of Collections 199
Bibliography 203
Index 219
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