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Black Buffalo Soldiers : helping subdue the West

As the American west opened up, it was a beckoning "golden door" of opportunity to thousands of people craving a fresh start, and a chance for a future on their own. Not only young white men (and some families) feeling crowded in the East, but countless non-whites, too. It has been estimated that at least 1/6 and perhaps as high as 1/3 of all the emigrants to the West were African-American, and/or mixed blood individuals. Some traced their citizenship / freedom to colonial times, others bought themselves from their masters, some were freed by law or proclamation, others "purchased" their freedom with their feet. Their story is an exciting saga of challenge, adventure, and triumph. It is an all-American story that is integral to the history of the land itself -- and surely part of us all.

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Brady, Paul L. The Black Badge. Deputy United State Marshal Bass Reeves From Slave To Heroic Lawman. [Los Angeles]: Milligan Books, [2005]. First edition. 8vo. Red cloth, gold stamping on spine, xii, 242 [1] pp., preface, prologue, illustrated from photographs, selected bibliography, references. A biography of Bass Reeves, an African-American U. S. Deputy Marshal who served for more than thirty years in Indian and Oklahoma Territories. Bass was born and raised a slave in northeast Texas and in 1875 was appointed by Judge Isaac C. Parker as a deputy U. S. Marshal. This biography is authored by a great-nephew of Reeves, Federal Judge Paul L. Brady. As new in dust jacket. (24521) For another account The real Lone Ranger - Bass Reeves

Brown, Raymond R. [Foreword by]. The Negroes of Nebraska. Lincoln: Woodruff Printing Company, 1940. First edition. 8vo. Written and compiled by Workers of the Writers' Program, Work Projects Administration in the State of Nebraska. Original orange, printed wrappers, 48 pp., foreword, preface, illustrated, name index. Illustrations by Paul Gibson. The history of the Negro in Nebraska is a story of the Negro's integration into the economic and social life of not only Nebraska, but also the entire United States. Details the coming of the Negro to Nebraska, slavery, immigration, settlement, social and economic problems, job finding, becoming a citizen, schooling, church, culture, public life, interracial relations, etc. A project of the Nebraska Writers' Project of the Work Project's Administration and sponsored by the Omaha Urban League Community Center. Very good. $45.00 (29821)

Burton, Art T. Black Gun, Silver Star. The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, [2006]. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone quarter cloth and boards, xix [1], 346 [1] pp., foreword, acknowledgments, introduction, illustrated, plates, portraits, map, epilogue, appendix, notes, bibliography, index. The author 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. He was an outstanding peace officer in late nineteenth-century America and was exceptionally adept at apprehending fugitives and outlaws, and his exploits were legendary in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Fine in dust jacket. $30.00 (24489)

Carroll, John M. [Editor]. The Black Military Experience in the American West. New York: Liveright, 1971. First edition. Thick 8vo. Inscribed on the title page, "To Robert D. Norris, Jr. This was my first critical success and one of my favorites of all my books. John M. Carroll, Bryan, Texas 2/12/87." Cloth, 591 pp., introduction, notes, bibliography, index. Illustrated with the works of Frederic Remington, Jose Cisneros, Lawrence Bjorklund, Harold D. Bugbee, Nick Eggenhofer, Joe Grandee, J.K. Ralston, Paul A. Rossi, William Reusswig., Stanley M.Long, Ace Powell and Charles M. Russell. Excellent history of the important role of the black man in the military history of the West. John M. Carroll has compiled a variety of accounts focusing on blacks in the frontier military by authors, scholars and participants such as Fray Angelico Chavez, Lt. Grote Hutcheson, Lt. John Bigelow, Jr., Lt. H.W. Hovey, Lt. George Andrews, Robert M. Utley, Frederic Remington, Col. H. B. Wharfield, Elizabeth Custer, Reuben Waller, Alex W. Perry, Erwin N. Thompson, Col. M.L. Crimmins, Kenneth W. Porter, John M Carroll, John H. Nankivell, Robert A. Murray, Capt. Lewis S. Morey and others. An important feature of this work is the reproduction of an extraordinary collection of art dealing with the black military in the American West. Fine in lightly rubbed dust jacket. Handsome copy. $275.00 (29569)

Carroll, John M. Buffalo Soldiers West. [Fort Collins: The Old Army Press, 1971]. First trade edition. Signed by the author. Oblong 8vo. Pictorial fabricoid, brown end-sheets, 64 pp., foreword, the artists. 50 illustrations, including 18 by Jose Cisneros, 9 by Lorence Bjorklund, 2 by Harold Bugbee, 2 by Bill Chappell, 1 by Nick Eggenhofer, 2 by Joe Grandee, 1 by Chuck Kemper, 1 by J.R. Ralston, 4 by Stanley M. Long, 3 by Frederic Remington, 2 by Ace Powell, 1 by William Reusswig, and 5 by Paul Rossi. Fine in dust jacket. 50 Great Bjorklund 25, Bugbee 36, Cisneros 37, Eggenhofer 46, Remington 459. (27011)

Carlson, Paul H. The Buffalo Soldier Tragedy of 1877. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, [2003]. First edition. 8vo. Cloth, gold stamping on spine, tan endpapers, xiv, 177 pp., preface, illustrated, maps, Dramatis Personae, notes, bibliography, index. A detailed account of a failed 1877 army scout on the Staked Plains of West Texas in search of a band of Comanche Indians who had been raiding homesteads and hunting parties. The scout, made up of some 40 Buffalo Soldiers, their white officers, and 22 hunters, turned into a disaster. Fine in dust jacket. $45.00 (23946)

Cashin, Herschel V., Et Al. Under Fire With The Tenth U.S. Cavalry. Chicago: American Publishing House, 1902. Cloth, 361 pp., illustrated with numerous photographs. Map. "Being a brief, comprehensive review of the Negro's participation in the wars of the United States, especially showing the valor and heroism of the Negro soldiers of the Ninth and Tenth Cavalries and the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-Fifth Infantries of the regular Army; as demonstrated in the decisive Campaign around Santiago De Cuba, 1898, when these soldiers crowned themselves with a halo of unfading glory. Thrilling episodes interestingly narrated by officers and men, famous Indian campaigns and their results. A purely military history of the Negro." "Considered the best edition, revised from the 1899 original. An increasingly rare and desirable account of the most famous unit of black soldiers, the 10th U.S. Cavalry, covering service in the Indian campaigns of the post-Civil War era, with most attention given to fighting in Cuba during the Spanish American War. Also includes chapters on the 9th Cavalry, and the 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments."---Ben Pingenot. Rebound in brown cloth with title, author, year in gilt on spine. The original pictorial cloth from the front cover has been neatly and attractively affixed to the new front free endpaper. Original text block is exceptionally clean and complete. Fine condition. Venzon 744. Work,P.401. Afro-Americana 2112. (25554)

Garland, Sherry. The Buffalo Soldier. Gretna: Pelican Publishing Company, 2006. First edition. Quarto. Pictorial paper over boards, n.p. [32 pp.], author's note, illustrated in color, selected bibliography. Illustrated by Ronald Himler. The story of one buffalo soldier's service to his country during the Indian Wars and Spanish-American War. Book contents designed for a juvenile market. As new in dust jacket. $22.50 (25777)

Glasrud, Bruce A. And Michael N. Searles [Edited by]. Buffalo Soldiers In The West. A Black Soldiers Anthology. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, [2007]. First edition. 8vo. Cloth, vi [2], 319 pp., preface, introduction, chapter notes, contributors, permissions, index. This anthology focuses on the careers and accomplishments of black soldiers, the lives they developed for themselves, their relationship to their officers, their specialized roles, and the discrimination they faced from the very whites they were trying to protect. The seventeen selections have been written by prominent scholars. Included is a 24 page section titled Buffalo Soldiers: A Bibliography, compiled by the editors, which lists over 400 writings on this unique group of soldiers. As new in as new dust jacket. (25733)

Grandee, Joe. Buffalo Soldiers 17 1/2" X 20" signed and numbered limited print. n.p., n.d. Limited to 300 signed and numbered prints of Buffalo Soldiers in hand-to-hand combat with Indian warriors. Image is black on white background. Four 4" creases to one edge, else near fine copy. (23314)

Lawson, Harry [Editor]. African American Settlers In Tucson. A Report Of The African American History Internship Project. [Tucson]: The Arizona Historical Society and The African American History Internship Project, 1991. First edition. Quarto. Signed by the author. Pictorial spiral bound wrappers, iii, 41 pp., illustrated, references. Summary reports of what life was like in Arizona for African-Americans during the early part of the 20th century. Fine copy. (26368)

Lawson, Harry [Editor]. African Americans in Aviation in Tucson. A Report of the African American History Internship Project. [Tucson]: The Arizona Historical Society and The African American History Internship Project, 1989. First edition. Quarto. Pictorial spiral bound wrappers, iii, 24 [1] pp., illustrated, references. The history surrounding Tucson's African American aviation pioneers. Fine copy. (26369)

Lawson, Harry [Editor]. African American Churches In Tucson. A Report Of The African American History Internship Project. [Tucson]: The Arizona Historical Society and The African American History Internship Project, 1990. First edition. Quarto. Pictorial spiral bound wrappers, 29 pp., illustrated, references. The history surrounding Tucson's African American churches. Fine copy. (26367)

Leckie, William H. The Buffalo Soldiers. A Narrative of the Negro Cavalry in the West. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1967]. First edition. 8vo. Original yellow cloth, xiv, 290 pp., foreword, illustrated, maps, list of abbreviations used in footnotes, bibliography, index. At the close of the Civil War, black soldiers, who wished to remain in the U.S. Army, were organized into the Ninth and Tenth Cavalry Regiments, and their service in controlling Indians on the Great Plains during the next twenty years was as invaluable as it was unpraised. The buffalo soldiers chased renegade Indians into Mexico from Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, at whose borders government policy all too often forced them to halt. This long-neglected story of their frustration, courage, and un-complaining devotion to duty as guardians of the Western frontier adds a new dimension to frontier and military history. Fine in lightly rubbed dust jacket with light wear to spine ends and the extremities. $200.00 (30897)

Lewis, Roscoe E. [Preface By]. The Negro in Virginia. New York: Hastings House Publishers, 1940. First edition. 8vo. Sponsored by The Hampton Institute. Light blue cloth, titles in dark blue on front cover and spine, map on front and rear endpapers, xii, 380 pp., preface, foreword, illustrated, plates, bibliography, index. Compiled by Workers of the Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Virginia. The history of the Negro in Virginia is in many respects the history of the Negro in America. The first African natives were brought first to Virginia and their freedom was assured at Appomattox Courthouse. This is the first state history of the Negro that has ever been published. Many stories are of people who knew life in slavery, and of the subsequent generations, as well as the story of their accomplishments and of their place in the American community. Cloth a little darkened at the spine, endpapers lightly tanned, else very good in a bright dust jacket with one small closed tear to the bottom edge of the rear panel and lightly rubbed at the front fore corners. $250.00 (31516)

Massey, Sara R. [Edited By]. Black Cowboys of Texas. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, [2000]. First edition. Cloth, brown endpapers, xix [1], 361pp., preface, introduction, illustrated, conclusion, list of contributors, bibliography, index. Book is divided into three parts, The Early Cowboys, Cowboys of the Cattle Drives, and Twentieth-Century Cowboys. Introduction by Alwyn Barr. Twenty-five writers recount tales of African-American cowboys and their contribution to the cattle industry. Fine in fine dust jacket. $65.00 (27829)

Miller, Kelly. The Everlasting Stain. Washington: The Associated Publishers, [1924]. First edition. 8vo. Cloth, titles stamped in gold gilt on front cover and spine, xiii [3], 352 pp., preface, introduction. Introduction by Allain Leroy Locke. This volume contains Kelly Miller's reflections on the World War and its aftermath. "Nowhere else will the reader find quite so free and candid discussion of the effect of this world-changing epoch upon the fate of the Negro race." Near fine in dust jacket with a tiny chip to the spine ends and light wear to the corners. Scarce in this condition. $475.00 (31517)

Moton, Robert Russa. What the Negro Thinks. Garden City: Doubleday, Doran and Company, Inc., 1929. First edition. 8vo. Cloth, titles stamped in gold gilt on the front cover and spine, vii [5], 267 pp., foreword. The dust jacket promotional blurb says, "Dr. Robert Russa Moton, the principal of Tuskegee Institute and the successor of Booker T. Washington as the recognized leader of his people, tells in this candid, straight forward book what are the thoughts that rush through the mind of the Negro when he contemplates the attitude of the average white man in America toward his race, thoughts that for the most part he keeps to himself or expresses only to his own people. To many thinking people this book will be a startling revelation of the disabilities of the Negro and the racial discrimination which are an almost insuperable handicap to his progress." Near fine in dust jacket (illustrated by William Siegel) that is lightly rubbed and with light wear to head of spine and the extremities. $350.00 (31518)

Nankivell, Captain John H. [Compiled and Edited By]. History Of The Twenty-Fifth Regiment United States Infantry 1869-1926. [Denver: The Smith-Brooks Printing Company, 1927]. First edition. Quarto. Printed in an unspecified limited edition. Blue cloth, gold stamping on front cover, xvii [3], 212 [21] pp., introduction, illustrated, plates, portraits, maps, appendices, bibliography. Rare history of an African-American regiment. The 25th Regiment served in the West, saw action in the Spanish American War, and was later stationed in the Philippines, Hawaii, and Arizona. This relatively unknown but important work is probably the rarest of all the U. S. regimental histories. Numerous photographs that depict both officers and men of the regiment. Light wear to spine ends and corners., else near fine copy. (24191)

Odum, Howard W. and Guy B. Johnson. Negro Workaday Songs. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1926. First edition. 8vo. Cloth, gold stamping on front cover and spine, xii [4], 278 pp., preface, bibliography, index to songs. Many fine examples through music to tell a simple and beautiful story. Many are religious, some are amusing, but all are warmly human. Small bump to top corner of cloth, hinges neatly repaired by a paper conservator, else a very good copy in the scarce dust jacket with some shallow chipping along top of spine panel. Uncommon in the original dust jacket. $400.00 (31438)

Todd, Bruce G. Bones Hooks, Pioneer Negro Cowboy. Gretna: Pelican Publishing Company, 2005. First edition. 8vo. Author's first book. Cloth, 221 pp., preface, introduction, illustrated, conclusion, notes, bibliography, index. A Texas cowboy known not only for busting broncos but also for his work as a civic and social leader in Amarillo, Texas. He was the first black man to sit on a grand jury in the Texas Panhandle. He founded the first black church in the region and established North Heights, a community for black homeowners. The son of former slaves, he was born in 1867 and died in 1951. Bones worked as a cowboy in the Pecos River Valley of Texas and New Mexico and later in the Texas Panhandle area. As new in dust jacket. $30.00 (25776)

Washington, John E. They Knew Lincoln. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1942. First edition. 8vo. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "To Dr. J. Ogle Warfield Jr. May you ever live by the precept of the great emancipator, 'With malice toward none, and charity for all.' Yours, the author, John E. Washington, May 7, 1955." Blue cloth, gold stamping on front cover and spine, facsimile decorated endpapers, 244 [21] pp., frontis. [portrait of Lincoln by Clague painted from life in 1865 and given to Major General Philip Sheridan by President Lincoln], top edges yellow, page edges uncut, foreword, introduction, acknowledgments, prelude, illustrated, plates, portraits, appendix. Introduction by Carl Sandburg. Book is divided into five sections that deal with those who loved Lincoln, those who served Lincoln, those who remembered Lincoln, the Springfield revelation, and Elizabeth Keckley. Back panel of dust jacket says, "Here is the vivid personal narrative of a Negro boy and man who sought all that could be possibly known about Abraham Lincoln from Negroes having impressions or facts he considered worth record." Fine copy of the first printing of the first edition in a price-clipped dust jacket with the words "First edition" on bottom of front flap, with moderate wear to the spine ends, corners, and extremities. (26742)

Williams, John M. [Convention President]. Proceedings of a Convention of Delegates, chosen by the People of Massachusetts, without distinction of party, and assembled at Faneuil Hall, in the City of Boston, on Wednesday, the 29th day of January, A. D. 1845, to take into consideration the proposed annexation of Texas to the United States. Published by order of the Convention. Boston: Eastburn's Press, 1845. First edition. 8vo. Green printed wrapper, 18 pp. Convention of Bostonians who objected to the annexation of Texas, another slave-holding territory, into the Union. Removed from a bound volume, rear wrapper missing, faint evidence of embossed oval blindstamp present on front wrapper and title page, else only evidence of ex-library, else a very good, clean copy. $375.00 Afro-Americana 6539. American Imprints 45-898. Sabin 65780. Streeter Texas 1565. (27696)

Wilson, Bernard J. The Black Residents of Tucson and Their Achievements, 1860-1900; A Reference Guide. N.P.: Privately printed by the author, [2007]. First edition. 4to. Signed by the author. Stiff pictorial wrappers, 83 pp. (printed one-side only), preface, illustrated, maps, reference sources. The history and contributions of Black residents of Tucson, Arizona 1860-1900. As new, unread copy. Scarce. $55.00 (31510)

Work, John W.[Edited by]. American Negro Songs and Spirituals. A Comprehensive Collection of 230 Folk Songs, Religious and Secular, With a Foreword by John W. Work. New York: Crown Publishers, [1940]. First edition. 8vo. Light green cloth, tan lettering on front cover and spine, vii [3], 259 pp., acknowledgments, music, bibliography. A magnificent collection of genuine negro folk songs assembled by Dr. John W. Work of Fisk University. "Here are the original, great and exalted spirituals, the true, sad and mournful Blues, the rhythmic work songs, the gay and high-hearted cake-walk and dance tunes, here is the unique and beautiful music of the American Negro." Covers lightly soiled else very good in an unusually bright crisp dust jacket with a number of small closed tears at the edges. $275.00 (31439)

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