The Lesser-Known History of African-American Cowboys

Posted by Jean-Yves on Feb 15, 2017
 

One in four cowboys was black. So why aren’t they more present in popular culture?

In his 1907 autobiography, cowboy Nat Love recounts stories from his life on the frontier so cliché, they read like scenes from a John Wayne film. He describes Dodge City, Kansas, a town smattered with the romanticized institutions of the frontier: “a great many saloons, dance halls, and gambling houses, and very little of anything else.”

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