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 remarkable Bucking the odds Im sorry, we didnt keep black peoples history, a clerk at one of Oklahomas 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 Americaand 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 Reevess story for the first time and restores this remarkable figure to his rightful place in the history of the American West....
|Title||:||Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves (Race and Ethnicity in the American West)|
|Publisher||:||Bison Books April 1, 2008|
|Number of Pages||:||392 pages|
|File Size||:||564 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves (Race and Ethnicity in the American West) Reviews
I first learned about Bass Reeves through an article in True West Magazine. After reading this article it peeked my interest in finding out more about Mr. Reeves. Reading the reviews of this book I was a little skeptical at first on whether or not I should purchase it. To be honest if a historical book does not get my attention in the first chapter or two I usually don't finish reading it. This book grabbed my attention from the beginning. Art. Burton did a great job of taking you through the life of Bass Reeves from his humble beginnings to his death, using what few historical records he could find. Throughout the book are records of arrests, court testimony, census and tax records and newspaper articles detailing the life and arrests made by Bass Reeves and other Deputy US Marshalls. Being a retired Deputy Sheriff of over 30 years I found some of the testimony and suspect statements very interesting. The suspects in those days use some of the same excuses as the suspects currently use. I guess nothing has really changed.
I saw the biography of the real Lone Ranger on The Americam Hero channel and was fascinated. Bass Reeves is highlighted on their Gunslinger series. It is a must watch. Bass Reeves was left out of history books because of his race. He was a U.S. marshal in the Indian terrory for 30 years and arrested over 3000 criminals. This is longer than any other Marshal of that era. He was the inspiration for the Lone Ranger series. He rode a white horse, used disguises, gave away silver dollars and was friends with the Indians. He never failed to arrest his man. He was a legend during his lifetime but was forgotten to history.
This is a well-researched but kind of dry look at the life of African American lawman, Bass Reeves. Reeves was a legendary figure in the Indian Territory; a man who always got his man. Very little biographical information exists about the man's life but, as evidenced here, the newspapers are full of accounts of his adventures and Professor Burton uses those to put together this history.
A month ago I had never heard of Bass Reeves or Art T. Burton. Now, I consider myself fortunate for having crossed the path of each inspirational man.
This book could definitely be more engaging. I was attracted to the subject, but after reading about 1/2 of the text, I lost interest. The book is an extensive collection of a lot of documents, court and personal, assembled in chronological order. I would have rather seen more of a story substantiated by documents.