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Black Heroes of America

As the American west opened up, it was a beckoning "golden door" of opportunity to thousands of people craving a fresh start, and a chance for a future on their own. Not only young white men (and some families) feeling crowded in the East, but countless non-whites, too. It has been estimated that at least 1/6 and perhaps as high as 1/3 of all the emigrants to the West were African-American, and/or mixed blood individuals. Some traced their citizenship / freedom to colonial times, others bought themselves from their masters, some were freed by law or proclamation, others "purchased" their freedom with their feet. Their story is an exciting one, and increasing scholarship is honing in on their crucial role. Here are some study sources to browse thru.

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Washington, John E. They Knew Lincoln. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1942. First edition. 8vo. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "To Dr. J. Ogle Warfield Jr. May you ever live by the precept of the great emancipator, 'With malice toward none, and charity for all.' Yours, the author, John E. Washington, May 7, 1955." Blue cloth, gold stamping on front cover and spine, facsimile decorated endpapers, 244 [21] pp., frontis. [portrait of Lincoln by Clague painted from life in 1865 and given to Major General Philip Sheridan by President Lincoln], top edges yellow, page edges uncut, foreword, introduction, acknowledgments, prelude, illustrated, plates, portraits, appendix. Introduction by Carl Sandburg. Book is divided into five sections that deal with those who loved Lincoln, those who served Lincoln, those who remembered Lincoln, the Springfield revelation, and Elizabeth Keckley. Back panel of dust jacket says, "Here is the vivid personal narrative of a Negro boy and man who sought all that could be possibly known about Abraham Lincoln from Negroes having impressions or facts he considered worth record." Fine copy of the first printing of the first edition in a price-clipped dust jacket with the words "First edition" on bottom of front flap, with moderate wear to the spine ends, corners, and extremities. (26742)

[Western Art]. Carroll, John M. Buffalo Soldiers West. [Fort Collins: The Old Army Press, 1971]. First trade edition. Signed by the author. Oblong 8vo. Pictorial fabricoid, brown end-sheets, 64 pp., foreword, the artists. 50 illustrations, including 18 by Jose Cisneros, 9 by Lorence Bjorklund, 2 by Harold Bugbee, 2 by Bill Chappell, 1 by Nick Eggenhofer, 2 by Joe Grandee, 1 by Chuck Kemper, 1 by J.R. Ralston, 4 by Stanley M. Long, 3 by Frederic Remington, 2 by Ace Powell, 1 by William Reusswig, and 5 by Paul Rossi. Fine in dust jacket. 50 GREAT BJORKLUND 25, BUGBEE 36, CISNEROS 37, EGGENHOFER 46, REMINGTON 459. (27011)

Carroll, John M. [Editor]. The Black Military Experience In The American West. New York: Liveright, 1971. First edition. Limited to 300 signed copies, 50 of which are not for sale. This is copy 19. Signed by the author. Cloth, 591 pp., introduction, notes, bibliography, index. Illustrated with the works of Frederic Remington, Jose Cisneros, Lawrence Bjorklund, Harold D. Bugbee, Nick Eggenhofer, Joe Grandee, J.K. Ralston, Paul A. Rossi, William Reusswig., Stanley M.Long, Ace Powell and Charles M. Russell. Excellent history of the important role of the black man in the military history of the West. John M. Carroll has compiled a variety of accounts focusing on blacks in the frontier military by authors, scholars and participants such as Fray Angelico Chavez, Lt. Grote Hutcheson, Lt. John Bigelow, Jr., Lt. H.W. Hovey, Lt. George Andrews, Robert M. Utley, Frederic Remington, Col. H. B. Wharfield, Elizabeth Custer, Reuben Waller, Alex W. Perry, Erwin N. Thompson, Col. M.L. Crimmins, Kenneth W. Porter, John M Carroll, John H. Nankivell, Robert A. Murray, Capt. Lewis S. Morey and others. An important feature of this work is the reproduction of an extraordinary collection of art dealing with the black military in the American West. Fine in fine price-clipped dust jacket housed in the fine original black slipcase. (27019)

Lawson, Harry [Editor]. African American Churches In Tucson. A Report Of The African American History Internship Project. [Tucson]: The Arizona Historical Society and The African American History Internship Project, 1990. First edition. Quarto. Pictorial spiral bound wrappers, 29 pp., illustrated, references. The history surrounding Tucson's African American churches. Fine copy. (26367)

Lawson, Harry [Editor]. African American Settlers In Tucson. A Report Of The African American History Internship Project. [Tucson]: The Arizona Historical Society and The African American History Internship Project, 1991. First edition. Quarto. Signed by the author. Pictorial spiral bound wrappers, iii, 41 pp., illustrated, references. Summary reports of what life was like in Arizona for African-Americans during the early part of the 20th century. Fine copy. (26368)

Lawson, Harry [Editor]. AFRICAN AMERICANS IN AVIATION IN TUCSON. A REPORT OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY INTERNSHIP PROJECT. [Tucson]: The Arizona Historical Society and The African American History Internship Project, 1989. First edition. Quarto. Pictorial spiral bound wrappers, iii, 24 [1] pp., illustrated, references. The history surrounding Tucson's African American aviation pioneers. Fine copy. (26369)

Cashin, Herschel V., Et Al. Under Fire With The Tenth U.S. Cavalry. Chicago: American Publishing House, 1902. Cloth, 361 pp., illustrated with numerous photographs. Map. "Being a brief, comprehensive review of the Negro's participation in the wars of the United States, especially showing the valor and heroism of the Negro soldiers of the Ninth and Tenth Cavalries and the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-Fifth Infantries of the regular Army; as demonstrated in the decisive Campaign around Santiago De Cuba, 1898, when these soldiers crowned themselves with a halo of unfading glory. Thrilling episodes interestingly narrated by officers and men, famous Indian campaigns and their results. A purely military history of the Negro." "Considered the best edition, revised from the 1899 original. An increasingly rare and desirable account of the most famous unit of black soldiers, the 10th U.S. Cavalry, covering service in the Indian campaigns of the post-Civil War era, with most attention given to fighting in Cuba during the Spanish American War. Also includes chapters on the 9th Cavalry, and the 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments."---Ben Pingenot. Rebound in brown cloth with title, author, year in gilt on spine. The original pictorial cloth from the front cover has been neatly and attractively affixed to the new front free endpaper. Original text block is exceptionally clean and complete. Fine condition. VENZON 744. WORK,p.401. AFRO-AMERICANA 2112. (25554)

Brady, Paul L. The Black Badge. Deputy United State Marshal Bass Reeves From Slave To Heroic Lawman. [Los Angeles]: Milligan Books, [2005]. First edition. 8vo. Red cloth, gold stamping on spine, xii, 242 [1] pp., preface, prologue, illustrated from photographs, selected bibliography, references. A biography of Bass Reeves, an African-American U. S. Deputy Marshal who served for more than thirty years in Indian and Oklahoma Territories. Bass was born and raised a slave in northeast Texas and in 1875 was appointed by Judge Isaac C. Parker as a deputy U. S. Marshal. This biography is authored by a great-nephew of Reeves, Federal Judge Paul L. Brady. As new in dust jacket. (24521)

Nankivell, Captain John H. [Compiled and Edited By]. History Of The Twenty-Fifth Regiment United States Infantry 1869-1926. [Denver: The Smith-Brooks Printing Company, 1927]. First edition. Quarto. Printed in an unspecified limited edition. Blue cloth, gold stamping on front cover, xvii [3], 212 [21] pp., introduction, illustrated, plates, portraits, maps, appendices, bibliography. Rare history of an African-American regiment. The 25th Regiment served in the West, saw action in the Spanish American War, and was later stationed in the Philippines, Hawaii, and Arizona. This relatively unknown but important work is probably the rarest of all the U. S. regimental histories. Numerous photographs that depict both officers and men of the regiment. Light wear to spine ends and corners., else near fine copy. (24191)

Burton, Art T. Black Gun, Silver Star. The Life And Legend Of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, [2006]. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone quarter cloth and boards, xix [1], 346 [1] pp., foreword, acknowledgments, introduction, illustrated, plates, portraits, map, epilogue, appendix, notes, bibliography, index. The author traces Reeves from his days of slavery to his soldiering in the Civil War battles of the Trans-Mississippi Theater to his career as a deputy U.S. marshal out of Fort Smith, Arkansas, beginning in 1875 when he worked under "Hanging Judge" Isaac C. Parker. He was an outstanding peace officer in late nineteenth-century America and was exceptionally adept at apprehending fugitives and outlaws, and his exploits were legendary in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Fine in dust jacket. (24489)

Leckie, William H. The Buffalo Soldiers. A Narrative Of The Negro Cavalry In The West. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1967]. First edition. 8vo. Original yellow cloth, xiv, 290 pp., foreword, illustrated, maps, list of abbreviations used in footnotes, bibliography, index. At the close of the Civil War, black soldiers, who wished to remain in the U.S. Army, were organized into the Ninth and Tenth Cavalry Regiments, and their service in controlling Indians on the Great Plains during the next twenty years was as invaluable as it was unpraised. The buffalo soldiers chased renegade Indians into Mexico from Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, at whose borders government policy all too often forced them to halt. This long-neglected story of their frustration, courage, and un-complaining devotion to duty as guardians of the Western frontier adds a new dimension to frontier and military history. Former owner's name stamped on front fly leaf, else fine in moderately rubbed, price-clipped dust jacket with light wear to spine ends and the extremities. (23055)

Grandee, Joe. Buffalo Soldiers 17 1/2" X 20" signed and numbered limited print. n.p., n.d. Limited to 300 signed and numbered prints of Buffalo Soldiers in hand-to-hand combat with Indian warriors. Image is black on white background. Four 4" creases to one edge, else near fine copy. (23314)

Carlson, Paul H. THE Buffalo Soldier Tragedy of 1877. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, [2003]. First edition. 8vo. Cloth, gold stamping on spine, tan endpapers, xiv, 177 pp., preface, illustrated, maps, Dramatis Personae, notes, bibliography, index. A detailed account of a failed 1877 army scout on the Staked Plains of West Texas in search of a band of Comanche Indians who had been raiding homesteads and hunting parties. The scout, made up of some 40 Buffalo Soldiers, their white officers, and 22 hunters, turned into a disaster. Fine in dust jacket. (23946)

Glasrud, Bruce A. And Michael N. Searles [Edited by]. Buffalo Soldiers In The West. A Black Soldiers Anthology. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, [2007]. First edition. 8vo. Cloth, vi [2], 319 pp., preface, introduction, chapter notes, contributors, permissions, index. This anthology focuses on the careers and accomplishments of black soldiers, the lives they developed for themselves, their relationship to their officers, their specialized roles, and the discrimination they faced from the very whites they were trying to protect. The seventeen selections have been written by prominent scholars. Included is a 24 page section titled Buffalo Soldiers: A Bibliography, compiled by the editors, which lists over 400 writings on this unique group of soldiers. As new in as new dust jacket. (25733)

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