Elinore continues her awe-inspiring descriptions of the Wyoming frontier. Her signature humor is also alive and well. This time, Elinore gets a little taste of cowboy living, and of cackle-berries. And though she doesn’t mention the race of the cowboys she meets, it is worth mentioning that at least one in five cowboys was African American. Two of the most famous were Nat Love and Bass Reeves, but there were hundreds of other black men who made their living wrangling cattle on the American plains.
5 African American Cowboys Who Shaped the American West
African American Cowboys on the Western Frontier (Library of Congress)
Black Cowboys (Texas State Historical Association)
The True Story of the Black Cowboys of Philadelphia Depicted in Concrete Cowboy (Time Magazine)
Rupert’s letters are in the Public Domain.
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Well read. You can feel like you were there.
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