9780803217478

Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves

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    9780803217478

  • ISBN10:

    0803217471

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/1/2008
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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Summary

InThe Story of Oklahoma, Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves appears as one of "eight notable Oklahomans," the "most feared U.S. marshal in the Indian country." That Reeves was also an African American who had spent his early life as a slave in Arkansas and Texas made his accomplishments all the more remarkable.Black Gun, Silver Startells Bass Reeves's story for the first time, sifting through fact and legend to discover the truth about one of the most outstanding peace officers in late-nineteenth-century America-and perhaps the greatest lawman of the Wild West era.Bucking the odds ("I'm sorry, we didn't keep black people's history," a clerk at one of Oklahoma's local historical societies answered to a query), Art T. Burton 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. Fluent in Creek and other southern Native languages, physically powerful, skilled with firearms, and a master of disguise, Reeves was exceptionally adept at apprehending fugitives and outlaws and his exploits were legendary in Oklahoma and Arkansas.Black Gun, Silver Starrestores this remarkable figure to his rightful place in the history of the American West.Art T. Burton is a professor of history at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois. He is the author ofBlack, Buckskin, and Blue: African American Scouts and Soldiers on the Western FrontierandBlack, Red, and Deadly: Black and Indian Gunfighters of the Indian Territory, 1870-1907.

Author Biography

Art T. Burton is a professor of history at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois. He is the author of Black, Buckskin, and Blue: African American Scouts and Soldiers on the Western Frontier and Black, Red, and Deadly: Black and Indian Gunfighters of the Indian Territory, 1870–1907.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. viii
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introduction: Uncovering the History of Black Deputy U.S. Marshalsp. 1
The Lone Ranger and Other Storiesp. 11
Arkansas Sonp. 19
Van Buren and Fort Smithp. 25
On the Trailp. 32
"No Sunday West of St. Louis, No God West of Fort Smith"p. 56
Gunman's Territoryp. 76
Hell on the Borderp. 108
Trial of the Centuryp. 127
Back on the Trailp. 149
The Winds of Changep. 171
Land of the Six-Shooterp. 178
Paris, Texasp. 191
Northern District, Indian Territoryp. 209
Muskogee Marshalp. 224
A New Centuryp. 233
Devotion to Dutyp. 240
The Invincible Marshalp. 255
A Lawman to the Endp. 273
Epiloguep. 305
Appendixp. 309
Notesp. 313
Bibliographyp. 327
Indexp. 333
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