Seth Bullock: Black Hills Lawman

Seth Bullock: Black Hills Lawman

by David A. Wolff


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ISBN-13: 9780979894053
Publisher: South Dakota State Historical Society
Publication date: 06/28/2009
Pages: 206
Sales rank: 366,138
Product dimensions: 4.70(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

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Seth Bullock: Black Hills Lawman 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
davidpwhelan on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The Deadwood that comes to life in David Wolff's biography of Seth Bullock is the maturing community that one would expect to arise after the hype of wild west shootouts, gunslinging, and stage robberies finally dies down. Which is not to say that those are lacking, but while Bullock started off as a lawman and ended as one, the entrepreneurialism and business enterprises that characterized the greater part of his life are really the focus of this biography.Bullock is the prototypical big-picture person, who saw great things in his own future and his life reflected his attempts. Not always with success, but it is clear that Bullock's leadership, and willingness to lead, were a major part of his impact on South Dakota. Wolff, a history professor at Black Hills State University, acknowledges that this relatively short biography is an overview of Bullock's life. It is fascinating to see Deadwood's struggles to become a site for investment and new business, the ups and downs of mining, and the political activity of a western town. His political connections and friendship with Theodore Roosevelt are interesting due to their subsequent impact on Bullock as a Rough Rider and his contributions to land management.The writing is a bit academic, but it's clear and easy to read. Wolff's sources are extensive, and with a bibliography supplementing the footnotes, are a treasure trove for anyone who wants to dig further into Bullock's life.This is an excellent addition to any Western history collection, whether personal or library. It's a quick introduction to a variety of aspects of Bullock's, and South Dakotan, development.
Rivendell on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A fascinating and readable biography. Having only come across Seth Bullock in the "Deadwood" TV series I found that this book brought to life the real person behind the legend. The book is well referenced allowing those who wish to cross check the facts. An index would be a useful addition.
Readanon on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book was fairly interesting; however, as a biography, I found it lacked something. Yes, we get a good overview of all the work Seth Bullock (and others) did to promote the city of Deadwood, and all his business and political ventures, but we learned very little of his personal life and next to nothing of his relationship with his family. The couple of paragraphs about his wife and children were less than illuminating. I would have found this book much more interesting if more of Seth Bullock's "home" personality had come through. It reads more as a list of lifetime deeds and accomplishments rather than a biography.
bedda on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The book is, obviously, about Seth Bullock but because of his involvement in the town, by necessity, it becomes not only a biography of Bullock but also of Deadwood itself. Bullock may have been a lawman but he had many other positions in town too and was also an entrepreneur who had his hand in many business deals. Making sure that Deadwood survived was very important to Bullock and Wolff outlines his involvement in trying to organize and start what the town would need. You are told about mining, and trying to attract businesses and railroads, and start banks, and organize a government and all the many other struggles and obstacles the town needed to overcome to survive and grow. The book revolves around Bullock and his involvement in many of these things but it does broaden to a wider scope in that it shows the birth and growing pains of the town and its surrounding environs and all the other people who helped along the way. I didn¿t know much about Seth Bullock when I started the book and it was very interesting to learn how involved he was in the workings of Deadwood and to see how farsighted and far-reaching his business ideas were. I also liked the close look at all that it takes to start a frontier town and keep it going, all the hard work and effort and not just the gunfights and glory. But I have to admit that there came a point when I had heard more about processing ore than I really cared to. Wolff researched his subject well as you can tell from the copious notes and long bibliography. The writing was easy to read and understand but definitely academic in style and reads more like a text book than a story. It is full of interesting information and nitty-gritty details and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in Seth Bullock or the old west in general.
Bonpetitepoodle on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book was an excellent source of research material. The writing was concise, though font was a little small. The picture on the front was appropriate. Seth Bullock was not meant for the reader that likes the subject to be romanticized. Students and historians will appreciate the nuances of this work. Wether due to lack of research materials available or writer preference, there isn't too much about Mr. Bullock's personal life. You see once again how history can be twisted because of media, (newspapers). Oral stories abound and are changed; Mr. Wolff mentioned this a few times in his work. If you like history or are doing a research project it is well worth the read, but if you like your history a little vanilla it is not for the faint of heart.
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