- Paperback : 198 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8578458026
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.45 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Notoir Books (December 8, 2020)
- Language: : English
“Born a slave, he goes on to be a free man in pursuit of the wildlife on the range. His voice is strong and inspiring, his proud declaration of being an American is infectious!”
Nat Love was a Brother and truly a frontier legend of the American West. Whether as a slave, as a black cowboy, and as a railroad porter, he sought to be the best at whatever he set his mind to. He glorified work and embodied the spirit and sanctity of the individual. He was the quintessential confident, eloquent, and often boastful cowboy.
Love’s path crossed several well-known figures of the Wild West, including George Custer, Bat Masterson, Billy the Kid, and Jesse James. While many of his true stories here are written with exaggeration, they are also quite entertaining, full of history, highly enjoyable, and sure to rustle some feathers.
Historians now estimate that between 20 to 25% of cowboys in the American West were African American. Oftentimes popular films and literature that depict the Wild West fail to convey the diverse nature of the Western Frontier.
To some readers it might be interesting to see the Old West and the black cowboy life from the point of view of an African American. They will read that the only mention of racism or prejudice in his life was at the start, when Love talks about plantation life. Apparently, there were several black cowboys in the Old West, and racism in de cowboy-scene was scarcer than we nowadays think it was. If he dealt with prejudice, he certainly didn’t mention it.