In Search of the Racial Frontier by Quintard Taylor
African Americans in the American West, 1528-1990

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The American West is mistakenly known as a region with few African Americans and virtually no black history. This book challenges that view in a complex chronicle that begins in 1528 with the Spanish-speaking blacks. In 1848 the first English speaking blacks arrived - as slaves - creating a nucleus of post-American Civil War communities. Thousands of African-Americans thereafter migrated to the high plains while others drove cattle up the Chisholm trail or served on remote army outposts. The book moves on to examine the first black church in 1872, the West's black civil rights movement which began during the Civil War and 20th-century changes such as migration after World War II, the civil rights movement during the 1960s and the interest in multiculturalism.
 

About Quintard Taylor

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Quintard Taylor is a professor of history at the University of Oregon. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.
 
Published February 1, 1998 by W W Norton & Co Inc. 415 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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But, as one Georgia-born black resident of Phoenix, Ariz., remarked in 1916, ``At least they don't lynch you here, like they did back there.'' Taylor divides his attention evenly between the 19th and 20th centuries, making this a highly useful survey volume for college courses--and a work o...

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In an absorbing chronicle more remarkable for its wealth of interesting facts and figures than for any overarching historical thesis, Taylor, a University of Oregon history professor, ably documents the history of African Americans in the American West.

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He adds that there were indeed "rugged black cowboys, gallant black soldiers and sturdy but silent black women" in the West but that his book "will forcibly challenge the stereotype of the black westerner as a solitary figure loosened from moorings of family, home and community."

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