Black Women of the Old West

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Black women were always part of America's westward expansion. Some escaped slavery to live with the Native Americans, while others traveled west after the Civil War to settle the new lands. They came as servants and as independent pioneers struggling to make a life in the wilderness. Brief text and extraordinary photos record many of the black women who went West to find a new life for themselves and their families.
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Overview

Black women were always part of America's westward expansion. Some escaped slavery to live with the Native Americans, while others traveled west after the Civil War to settle the new lands. They came as servants and as independent pioneers struggling to make a life in the wilderness. Brief text and extraordinary photos record many of the black women who went West to find a new life for themselves and their families.
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When we try to conjure up images of the Old West, few of us think about African Americans -- much less African-American women. Black Women of The Old West is the saga of the many types who helped settle the frontiers of America. William Lorenz Katz, a longtime chronicler of African-American history, especially that which focuses on the Old West, attempts to enrich the history of African Americans with this book. Regardless of circumstance, African-American women provided much of the moral, spiritual, and social fiber of their communities.
Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
Using old records, newspaper clippings, pioneer reminiscences, and vintage frontier photographs, Katz tells the story of the black women who made their lives in the old west. He tells the story of women who lived with Native Americans, who escaped from slavery, who fought for the Union during the Civil War, and who fought for their rights in the late 50s. This book makes these women's struggles come alive for those of us who didn't even know their struggles had taken place.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Pair Buffalo Gals: Women of the Old West with Black Women of the Old West for powerful portraits of the people most histories ignore. Brandon Marie Miller's and William Loren Katz's respective books trace the intrepid women's trials, tribulations and occasional triumphs as they settled into unfamiliar territory, learned to "depend upon themselves to do whatever...was to be done...to face danger when it must be faced," and to press for and gain the right to vote. Personal reminiscences and archival photographs vivify the tastefully designed volumes.
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-Most students of American history have heard of the Dred Scott case, but the name of Harriet Scott, Dred's wife, is not so well known. Hers is one of the many fascinating histories presented here. Using primary sources and featuring dozens of black-and-white archival photographs and reproductions, Katz recounts stories of African American women who made the journey west and illuminates the times in which they lived and their reasons for going. Some women of color escaped west from slavery. Others sued for freedom after being taken there by their owners. Still others came as mail-order brides. Many black women flourished on the frontier, where they found more opportunities for education and better paying jobs. Katz presents a wealth of information on a subject virtually unexplored in children's literature. While Brandon Marie Miller's Buffalo Gals (Lerner, 1995) has a similar scope, this book goes into greater detail and covers more material.-Rebecca O'Connell, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416963905
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/6/2007
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 598,492
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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