"You won’t find them in Hollywood’s old Western movies, except maybe as slaves or comics. You won’t find them in history books either. They are the black cowboys of the late 1800s. From the plantations of the South to the plains of Texas, black cowboys made their mark on the subduing of the vast western territories, keeping the peace with indigenous peoples, "putting out fires" as buffalo soldiers sent to hot spots, and later as cowboys in America’s cattle industry and — gaining fame and glory in the rodeos of our nation"
Black Cowboys of the Old West: True, Sensational, and Little-Known Stories from History is one of the books I read when I wrote Dance Only for Me (Ned is loosely inspired by Isom Dart).
And OPs link to all kinds of stuff, since it sort of got lost in the shuffle.
IRL cowboys are so much cooler than Hollywood cowboys. If I ever get brave enough to write an historical, it’ll be a Western for Samantha.
Very cool. I’d love to read a western from you. I think you owe Sam a cowboy. (Which we can all then benefit from. :3)