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

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U of Nebraska Press, Apr 1, 2008 - History - 346 pages
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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 makes his accomplishments all the more remarkable. 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 a query), Art T. Burton sifts 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. 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. A finalist for the 2007 Spur Award, sponsored by the Western Writers of America, Black Gun, Silver Star tells Bass Reeves?s story for the first time and restores this remarkable figure to his rightful place in the history of the American West.
 

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Bass Reeves is a great American and African American the very few people know about and should get to know. He is awonderful part of our history. This is a excellent book that need to be read Read full review

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As a huge fan of the Lone Ranger TV series (I watched the reruns as a boy), imagine my surprise to discover that the character was based on the life of Bass Reeves; a runaway slave who worked for the ... Read full review

Contents

Uncovering the History of Black Deputy US Marshals
1
1 The Lone Ranger and Other Stories
11
2 Arkansas Son
19
3 Van Buren and Fort Smith
25
4 On the Trail
32
5 No Sunday West of St Louis No God West of Fort Smith
56
6 Gunmans Territory
76
7 Hell on the Border
108
13 Northern District Indian Territory
209
14 Muskogee Marshal
224
15 A New Century
233
16 Devotion to Duty
240
17 The Invincible Marshal
255
18 A Lawman to the End
273
Epilogue
305
Appendix
309

8 Trial of the Century
127
9 Back on the Trail
149
10 The Winds of Change
171
11 Land of the SixShooter
178
12 Paris Texas
191
Notes
313
Bibliography
327
Index
333
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James Blasingame
Limited preview - 2007
Gary Paulsen
James Blasingame
Limited preview - 2007

About the author (2008)

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.