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By Bruce A. Glasrud

Until eventually lately, histories of the yank West gave little proof of the presence—let by myself importance—of African american citizens within the unfolding of the western frontier. There could have been a point out of Estevan, slavery, or the Dred Scott choice, however the wealthy and sundry event of African americans at the nice Plains went mostly unnoted. This ebook, the 1st of its style, offers that severe lacking bankruptcy in American history. Originally released over the span of twenty-five years in nice Plains Quarterly, the essays amassed the following describe the half African americans performed within the frontier military and as homesteaders, group developers, and activists. The authors deal with race family members, discrimination, and violence. They inform of the fight for civil rights and opposed to Jim Crow, they usually learn African American cultural development and contributions in addition to fiscal and political points of black existence at the nice Plains. From members comparable to “Pap” Singleton, period Bell Thompson, Aaron Douglas, and Alphonso Trent; to incidents at castle Hays, Brownsville, and Topeka; to defining moments in govt, schooling, and the arts—this assortment deals the 1st complete evaluate of the black event at the Plains.

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39 The likelihood that Barnes, Watkins, and Ponder would have been convicted and executed anyway illustrates this incident’s strong racist motives. Hays City’s high number of homicides shows remarkable tolerance for violence—except when perpetrated by blacks. Rather 38 leiker than simply hanging three killers, the lynching issued a statement that racial norms concerning troublesome blacks would be enforced illegally if necessary. Retaliation for Lynching Unlike other racial lynchings, however, the January 1869 episode involved United States soldiers, not usually known for meekness in the face of violence.

32. Muster rolls show Cropper as being born in Baltimore, aged twenty-one at time of enlistment in May 1867, and having been promoted to corporal within six months. He was discharged in 1870 at expiration of service and reenlisted twice, joining the Ninth Cavalry in 1875. ” Unit Muster Rolls, Thirty-eighth Infantry, Company G, 1868, rg94, na; and Enlistment Papers, rg94, na. 33. Railway Advance, December 24, 1867; Kansas Daily Tribune, January 10, 1869. 34. Drees, “Hays City Vigilante Period,” p.

Bruce A. Glasrud, “Enforcing White Supremacy in Texas, 1900–1910,” Red River Valley Historical Review 4 (Fall 1979): 65–74; Arthur I. Waskow, From Race Riot to Sit-In: 1919 and the 1960s (Garden City ny: Doubleday, 1966), 1–11, 105–20; Alwyn Barr, Black Texans: A History of African Americans in Texas, 1528–1995, 2nd ed. 2 (1987): 12–19; and James A. 1 (Spring 1976): 39–51. 22 gla sru d a n d br a ithwa ite 17. Darlene Clark Hine, Hine Sight: Black Women and the Re-Construction of American History (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994), xxii.

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