Black Cowboys of the Old West

December 21, 2010

Black Cowboys of the Old West: True, Sensational, and Little-Known Stories from History

by Tricia Martineau Wagner

​The word "cowboy" conjures up images of men on horses, lassoing cattle, riding bulls, or brandishing guns in a shoot-out. Black cowboys made up one-fourth of the wranglers and rodeo riders.


When the Civil War ended, men left the Old South in large numbers to seek a living in the Old West. Some had experiences working cattle; others simply sought a freedom they had not known before.


- adapted and revised from publisher


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