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The Life and Adventures of Nat Love / Edition 1

The Life and Adventures of Nat Love / Edition 1


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Thousands of black cowpunchers drove cattle up the Chisholm Trail after the Civil War, but only Nat Love wrote about his experiences. Born to slaves in Davidson County, Tennessee, the newly freed Love struck out for Kansas after the war. He was fifteen and already endowed with a reckless and romantic readiness. In wide-open Dodge City he joined up with an outfit from the Texas Panhandle to begin a career riding the range and fighting Indians, outlaws, and the elements. Years later he would say, “I had an unusually adventurous life.”


That was rare understatement. More characteristic was Love’s claim: “I carry the marks of fourteen bullet wounds on different parts of my body, most any one of which would be sufficient to kill an ordinary man, but I am not even crippled.” In 1876 a virtuoso rodeo performance in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, won him the moniker of Deadwood Dick. He became known as DD all over the West, entering into dime novels as a mysteriously dark and heroic presence. This vivid autobiography includes encounters with Bat Masterson and Billy the Kid, a soon-after view of the Custer battlefield, and a successful courtship. Love left the range in 1890, the year of the official closing of the frontier. Then, as a Pullman train conductor he traveled his old trails, and those good times bring his story to a satisfying end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803279551
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 09/01/1995
Series: Blacks in the American West
Edition description: Bison Books ed
Pages: 162
Sales rank: 550,738
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)

About the Author

Introducing this Bison Books edition is Brackette F. Williams, an associate professor of anthropology in African American studies at the University of Arizona. Her books include Stains on My Name, War in My Veins: Guyana and the Politics of Cultural Struggle.

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