Roshier H. Creecy: A Black Man's Search for Freedom and Prosperity in the Koyukuk Gold Fields of Alaska

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RDS Publications, Oct 10, 2022 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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The story of Roshier H. Creecy is a portal into a reformative and rapidly changing era in America's history. Born in 1866, he was among the first generation of African Americans who were free to migrate. The societal obstacles Roshier encountered one hundred years ago, and his strategies to circumvent them, are still present for men of color today. Escaping southern culture intent on retaining a racial hierarchy, Roshier joined the U.S. Army's Ninth Cavalry, known as the "Buffalo Soldiers." Following discharge, Roshier married in Washington, D.C., and had a son, but chafed at the indignities of daily life under "Jim Crow." He joined the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 and became the owner of a roadhouse at which the North-West Mounted Police billeted. In 1906, he mushed his dog team to Alaska, bound for the Koyukuk gold fields, where he remained the rest of his life. Roshier's wanderings were prompted by the search for freedom and prosperity, but his journey led him to discover personal growth and a sense of belonging in a wondrous wilderness hinting at gold.


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This book describes the unique life one of the first black gold miners in Alaska in a poignant and historically informative story. In addition to being an interesting life story, there's tons of information in here for anyone interested in Alaskan (and American) history, and it's meticulously well referenced!  

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Great to find out more information on one my relatives
Life in Alaska .....during the early 1900s

About the author (2022)

Margaret F. Merritt, Ph.D. is a scientist, author, public speaker, and outdoorswoman. She attended the University of California, Utah State University, and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Alaska. After decades of writing and publishing in the scientific literature, she has recently focused her research and writing on historical biographies. She has lived in Alaska since 1977. "I like to bring forward stories of seemingly ordinary people who, like most of us, have flaws yet show remarkable characteristics that inspire us. I write to entertain, educate, and encourage the reader's thoughtful reflection on past issues that remain relevant today.

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