Black Buckaroos University of Oklahoma Press, $24.95

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During the growing Civil Rights movement of the 1960s such publications as Philip Durham and Everett L. Jones’ groundbreaking 1965 The Negro Cowboys and William Leckie’s The Buffalo Soldiers, released the following year, began to address the little studied area of blacks in the West. Now, eminent scholars Bruce A. Glasrud and Michael N. Searles add to the field with their impressive anthology Black Cowboys in the American West: On the Range, on the Stage, behind the Badge (University of Oklahoma Press, $24.95) with a foreword by respected historian Albert S. Broussard. The collaboration of this noteworthy trio assures readers that the thirteen far-ranging essays published in this paperback are top-notch.

John P. Langellier, author of Fighting For Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army

Editors Bruce A. Glasrud and Michael N. Searles’s Black Cowboys in the American West: On the Range, On the Stage, Behind the Badge is a compelling series of essays on the history and culture of prominent and lesser-known blacks in the West, including the life and lore of famed rodeo bulldogger and film star Bill Pickett. – Courtesy Library of Congress –
Editors Bruce A. Glasrud and Michael N. Searles’s Black Cowboys in the American West: On the Range, On the Stage, Behind the Badge is a compelling series of essays on the history and culture of prominent and lesser-known blacks in the West, including the life and lore of famed rodeo bulldogger and film star Bill Pickett.
– Courtesy Library of Congress –

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John Langellier

John Langellier received his PhD in military history from Kansas State University. After a 45-year career in public history, he retired in Tucson, Arizona, in 2015. He is the author of dozens of books, including Fighting for Uncle Sam: Blacks in the Frontier Army, due out in early 2016.