By Art T. Burton
Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves appears to be like as considered one of “eight remarkable Oklahomans,” the “most feared U.S. marshal within the Indian country.” That Reeves was once additionally an African American who had spent his formative years as a slave in Arkansas and Texas makes his accomplishments the entire extra awesome. Bucking the chances (“I’m sorry, we didn’t retain black people’s history,” a clerk at one among Oklahoma’s neighborhood old societies spoke back a query), paintings T. Burton sifts via truth and legend to find the reality approximately essentially the most remarkable peace officials in overdue nineteenth-century America—and might be the best lawman of the Wild West era. Fluent in Creek and different southern local languages, robust, expert with firearms, and a grasp of cover, Reeves used to be incredibly adept at apprehending fugitives and outlaws, and his exploits have been mythical in Oklahoma and Arkansas. A finalist for the 2007 Spur Award, backed via the Western Writers of the USA, Black Gun, Silver big name tells Bass Reeves’s tale for the 1st time and restores this amazing determine to his rightful position within the background of the yank West. (20070313)
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Additional info for Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves (Race and Ethnicity in the American West)
1 In 1992 Bass Reeves was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. I was honored to initiate this campaign and witness Reeves receive this recognition posthumously. Bass Reeves became the ﬁrst African American inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners. It is my hope that with the release of this book, his life and legacy will receive more national attention. He received so little recognition during his lifetime that it is time that we honor him today.
Its Western cowboy frontier culture and history can rival any on record. 0pt PgV ——— Normal Page PgEnds: TEX , (9) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 oil towns, huge cattle ranches, Wild West shows, Sam Houston, Col. George Custer, Indian chiefs Quanah Parker and Geronimo, Cherokee Bill, silent movie cowboy star Tom Mix, cowboy entertainer Will Rogers, cowboy movie stars William “Hopalong Cassidy” Boyd and Ben Johnson, black cowboy Bill Pickett, who invented bulldogging, and Bass Reeves.
This is a belief of many Native Americans. Since Reeves operated in the Indian Territory, it is quite possible he adopted this line of thought. While out making his rounds, Reeves came across a lynch mob near one of the large cattle ranches. Evidently a rustler had been caught and was about to be strung to a tree on the prairie by a group of cowboys. Without any thought to the danger he might be in, Reeves rode straight up to the lynch mob, cut the man down with his knife, and rode off with the man—without saying one word to anyone.
Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves (Race and Ethnicity in the American West) by Art T. Burton