Expectations of Equality: A History of Black Westerners

Expectations of Equality: A History of Black Westerners

by Albert S. Broussard
     
 

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In this concise and engaging new volume, the latest in ourgrowing Western History Series, Professor Broussard examines howAfrican Americans over the course of nearly five centuriesattempted to find their place in the states and territories west ofthe ninety-eighth meridian. Although black westerners, like whiteimmigrants or native-born whites, defy easy

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In this concise and engaging new volume, the latest in ourgrowing Western History Series, Professor Broussard examines howAfrican Americans over the course of nearly five centuriesattempted to find their place in the states and territories west ofthe ninety-eighth meridian. Although black westerners, like whiteimmigrants or native-born whites, defy easy characterizationbecause they came to the West for a variety of reasons, blacks haveshared certain commonalities with these groups. The majority ofAfrican Americans who settled in the West saw the region as a placewhere they could fashion a better life for themselves or theirfamilies. Some naively viewed the West as an oasis, a place free ofracial or class restrictions. While many white immigrants,native-born whites, Hispanics, and Asians also saw the West as aplace of opportunity, the experiences of African Americans differedprofoundly from whites, people who never faced such a pervasivepattern of discrimination based solely on their race.

In addition to covering central themes and important figures,Expectations of Equality tells the stories of every-day AfricanAmerican men and women, persons who lived in the West from theearly 1500s until the turn of the twenty-first century. Many ofthem led ordinary lives that are difficult to reconstruct indetail–working, raising families, attending church, andeducating their children. Yet some of them forged colorful careersas scouts and mountain men, Buffalo Soldiers, businesswomen,athletes, activists, and politicians, their stories helping to makeExpectations of Equality the perfect choice as supplementaryreading—not only for courses in the history of the U.S. West,but also for survey courses in United States and African Americanhistory.

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“A very readable work, one that combines the humaninterest of biography with discussions of broad trends. Itsbibliographies provide a foundation for deeper study. It would beuseful as the black text in a multi-cultural U.S. or westernhistory course.”  (Lawrence B. de Graaf, TeachingHistory, Fall 2012)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882952840
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/21/2012
Edition description:
1
Pages:
247
Sales rank:
1,322,704
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

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