Through colorful vignettes that rival tall tales of the old frontier, the Reflections of A Black Cowboy series highlights 20 frontier leaders who helped to pioneer the American West.
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About the Books in the Series
-Nat Love, a teenage cowboy who became champion roper of the western cattle country;
-Bill Pickett, inventor of the rodeo sport of steer wrestling
-Mary Fields, who spent 50 years enslaved, then found a new life as a Western United States star mail carrier
Buffalo Soldiers spotlights men who served in the Ninth and Tenth Calvaries, including: Emmanuel Stance, the first Black soldier to be awarded the medal of honor; and Lieutenant Henry O. Flipper, the first Black officer to graduate from West Point
Mountain Men spotlights:
-Esteban, who came to America from Morocco enslaved and was the first African to land in what is now New Mexico and Arizona territory;
-Jean Baptiste Point duSable, founder of Chicago;
-James Beckwourth, who discovered a shorter path (which bares his name) over the mountains to California;
-George McJunkin, whose discovery of the Folsom Site in New Mexico proved to Americans Indigenous people’s presence in North America dated back 10,000 years
-York, a childhood friend of famed explorer William Clark, who accompanied Clark on the legendary Lewis and Clark expedition;
-Ed "Cut Nose" Rose, hunter and fur trapper who helped build the fortune of one of America's first millionaires;
-Alvin Coffey, a gold miner whose hard work out West gained him his freedom;
-Biddy Mason, a sheep herder who walked from Mississippi to California behind 300 ox-drawn wagons, and after suing for her freedom, became one of California’s most wealthy and respected entrepreneurs
Reading level: ages 9-12
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