This is the story of Mary Fields, 'Stagecoach Mary', who got her nickname at the turn of the 20th Century. She earned this nickname by working for the United States Postal System delivering the United States Mail through adverse conditions that would have discouraged the most hardened frontiersmen of that period. All by herself, she never missed a day for 8 years, carrying the U. S. Mail and other important documents that helped settle the wild open territory of central west Montana. Mary had no fear of man, nor beast, and this sometimes got her into trouble. She delivered the mail regardless of the heat of the day, cold of night, wind, rain, sleet, snow, blizzards, Indians and Outlaws.
Mary was 6 feet tall, and weighed over 200 pounds, and even with 'those' extraordinary extremes, there were two more facts that made 'her' history. Mary was the second woman in 'history' to carry the U. S. Mail, however, even that was a matter of simplicity, for a fact, she was a Negro Woman, and the only 'Negro', for hundreds and hundreds of miles when she first arrived in Montana.
This feature story covers Mary's colorful life, from the plantation where she was born a slave in 1832, to the famous Steamboat race between the "Robert E. Lee" and the "Natchez" on the Mississippi River, to her death in Cascade, Montana, 1914.
Erich Hicks, founder of Alpha Wolf Productions Inc., is an acclaimed Special Effects Coordinator, Producer and Writer, with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. The company is an independent production outlet that develops, writes, and produces feature film and television content. Historically, Erich is the first African-American/Black to receive a Special Effects Pyrotechnic Operator's 1st class Master's License in the Motion Picture Industry. Thus, he is expertly qualified to produce and direct action sequences, stunts and explosions to achieve a realistic scene.
As a writer, Erich's first novel, Rescue at Pine Ridge, released in December 2008. The novel is a historical narrative, depicting the all-Black 9th Calvary. Known as the US military's famed 'Buffalo Soldiers', which helped settle the American West in the late 1800's. Erich has completed an accompanying screenplay for a TV mini-series, Trilogy, and Epic Feature, and has garnered support from some of HOLLYWOOD'S acclaimed Industry Producers/Directors/and Actors. Dedicated to exploring the history of African-Americans/Blacks and shattering stereotypes, his Alpha Wolf Productions, Inc. has also developed a feature film documentary, Soul on a Wave which exposes the life and times of surfers of color.
Please visit the webpage for more information at: alphawolfprods.com and for a comprehensive resume at imdb.com/name/nm0902436
keywords: Mary Fields, Mail, African American, Black History, Montana, Stagecoach, Outlaws, Cowboys, Postal System, Historical, 1914, 1832
|Publisher:||First Edition Design Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was just wonderful because not only did it present the story of Mary Fields, but it also made her come alive in the pages of the book. I felt that I knew her by the end of the book and have so much respect and admiration for all that she did being ahead of her time. Mr. Hicks did an amazing job of telling her story and parts of it were just hysterically funny. It was a great combination of history and narrative as well as presenting life as it was in the United States during this time. I recommend this book wholeheartedly.
Mr. Hicks has done what many historians can't: Combine thrilling story telling with the truths plucked from the fog of history. There are many stories in North Central Montana about Stagecoach Mary and they have fallen prey to the ravages of time. People changed what was true to what they liked better. Mr. Hicks has brought the stories back to Earth with his research and hard work (as seen at the end of the book). The story of Mary Fields didn't need people's changes. Mr. Hicks has shown that her life was just as thrilling without the lies. Also, he reminded us of Mary's kinder side that people seemed to have forgotten. The story of Mary Fields has been set straight and hopefully will stay that way.
Mary Fields was a folk hero, larger than life! She grows up, a slave child working in the "the Head House," alongside her mama. She plays with MaryJo, the daughter of the plantation owner, when not working. She's smart and quickly learns life lessons from those in the House and in the fields. All she learns adds to her impressive accomplishments later in life! This fictional accounting is entertaining. The historical pictures included are priceless. One obvious fact that is incorrect is that all slaves were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation; it freed slaves in only 10 states! A good story. Book free thru Netgalley for honest review.
Mary F Fields was larger than life in all senses of the word. She survived slavery, civil war, people who tried to belittle her for her height and manner of dress, and so much more. She was a healer, a cook, a teacher, hardest worker, cigar smoker, very good with firearms, good card player, and had no time for her detractors but very loyal to those who needed her. However, it is a shame that this is written like a screenplay/historical novel. Thanks be that there are archival photographs and other real references from her time in Montana, or this would be just another piece of historical fiction. The endless use of present tense throughout detailing the length of her very long life is off-putting, and should have been better. But that should not stop readers from celebrating her life and accomplishments. This ebook was provided by the author or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of NetGalley.