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Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves

Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves

by Art T. Burton
Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves

Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves

by Art T. Burton

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Overview

In The Story of Oklahoma, Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves appears as the “most feared U.S. marshal in the Indian country.” That Reeves was also an African American who had spent his early life enslaved in Arkansas and Texas made his accomplishments all the more remarkable. Black Gun, Silver Star sifts through fact and legend to discover the truth about one of the most outstanding peace officers in late nineteenth-century America—and perhaps the greatest lawman of the Wild West era.

Bucking the odds (“I’m sorry, we didn’t keep Black people’s history,” a clerk at one of Oklahoma’s local historical societies answered one query), Art T. Burton traces Reeves from his days of slavery to his Civil War soldiering to his career as a deputy U.S. marshal out of Fort Smith, Arkansas, when he worked under “Hanging Judge” Isaac C. Parker. Fluent in Creek and other regional Native languages, physically powerful, skilled with firearms, and a master of disguise, Reeves was exceptionally adept at apprehending fugitives and outlaws and his exploits were legendary in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

In this new edition Burton traces Reeves’s presence in the national media of his day as well as his growing modern presence in popular media such as television, movies, comics, and video games.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496234469
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 09/01/2022
Series: Race and Ethnicity in the American West
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 809,650
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Art T. Burton is a retired professor of history at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois. He is the author of Black, Buckskin, and Blue: African American Scouts and Soldiers on the Western Frontier and Black, Red, and Deadly: Black and Indian Gunfighters of the Indian Territory, 1870–1907.
 

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword 
Acknowledgments 
Introduction: Uncovering the History of Black Deputy U.S. Marshals 
1. The Lone Ranger and Other Stories 
2. Arkansas Son 
3. Van Buren and Fort Smith 
4. On the Trail 
5. “No Sunday West of St. Louis, No God West of Fort Smith” 
6. Gunman’s Territory
7. Hell on the Border 
8. Trial of the Century 
9. Back on the Trail 
10. TheWinds of Change 
11. Land of the Six-Shooter 
12. Paris, Texas 
13. Northern District, Indian Territory 
14. Muskogee Marshal 
15. A New Century 
16. Devotion to Duty 
17. The Invincible Marshal 
18. A Lawman to the End 
Epilogue 
Appendix 
Notes 
Bibliography 
Index

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