Life and Adventures of Nat Love

ISBN-10: 0803279558

ISBN-13: 9780803279551

Edition: 1995

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Thousands of black cowpunchers drove cattle up the Chisholm Trail after the Civil War, but only Nat Love wrote about his experiences. Born to slaves in Davidson County, Tennessee, the newly freed Love struck out for Kansas after the war. He was fifteen and already endowed with a reckless and romantic readiness. In wide-open Dodge City he joined up with an outfit from the Texas Panhandle to begin a career riding the range and fighting Indians, outlaws, and the elements. Years later he would say, “I had an unusually adventurous life.” nbsp; That was rare understatement. More characteristic was Love’s claim: “I carry the marks of fourteen bullet wounds on different parts of my body, most any one of which would be sufficient to kill an ordinary man, but I am not even crippled.” In 1876 a virtuoso rodeo performance in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, won him the moniker of Deadwood Dick. He became known as DD all over the West, entering into dime novels as a mysteriously dark and heroic presence. This vivid autobiography includes encounters with Bat Masterson and Billy the Kid, a soon-after view of the Custer battlefield, and a successful courtship. Love left the range in 1890, the year of the official closing of the frontier. Then, as a Pullman train conductor he traveled his old trails, and those good times bring his story to a satisfying end.
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 9/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 162
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Blacks in the American West
Introduction Nat Love Rides into the Sunset of Slavery and Racism
Slavery Days. the Old Plantation. My Early Foraging. the Stolen Demijohn. My First Drink. the Curse of Slavery
War. "The Rebels and Yankees." I Raise a Regiment to Fight. Difficulty in Finding an Enemy. Ash Sake. Freedom
Raising Tobacco, Our First Year of Freedom. More Privations. Father Dies. It Never Rains--But It Pours. I Become the Head of the Family and Start to Work at $1.50 Per Month
Boyhood Sports. More Devilment. the Rock Battles. I Hunt Rabbits in My Shirt Tail. My First Experience in Rough Rid- Ing. a Question of Breaking the Horse or Breaking My Neck
Home Life. Picking Berries. the Pigs Com- Mit Larceny. Nutting. We Go to Market. My First Desire to See the World. I Win a Horse in a Raffle. the Dast of Home
The World is Before Me. I Join the Texas Cowboys. Red River Dick. My First Out- Fit. My First Indian Fight. I Learn to Use My Gun
A Buffalo Hunt. I Lose My Lariat and Sad- Dle. I Order a Drink for Myself and My Horse. a Close Place in Old Mexico
The Big Wild Mustang Hunt. We Tire Them Out. the Indians Capture Our Mess Wa- Gon and Cook. Our Bill of Fare Buffalo Meat Without Salt
Crapter Xiii
Riding the Range. the Fight with Yellow Dog's Tribe. I Am Captured and Adopted by the Indians. My Escape. I Ride a Hun- Dred Miles in Twelve Hours Without a Saddle. My Indian Pony. "Yellow Dog Chief." the Boys Present Me with a New Outfit. in the Saddle and on the Trail Again
Chapteet Xvii
The Pullman Service. Life on the Rail. My First Trip. a Slump in Tips. I Become Dis- Gusted and Quit. a Period of Husking. My Next Trip on the Pullman. Tips and the People Who Give Them
The Pullman Sleeping Car. Long Trips on the Rail. the Wreck. One Touch of Na- Ture Makes the Whole World Kin. a Few of the Railroads Over Which I Have Traveled. the Invalid and the Care We Give Them
The Tourist Sleeping Car. the Chair Car. the Safeguards of Modern Railroading. See America, Then Let Your Chest Swell with Pride That You Are an American
A Few of the Railroad Men Under Whom I Have Served. George M. Pullman. the Town of Pullman, Ill. American Rail- Roads Lead the World. a Few Figures
A Few Reminiscences of the Range. Some Men I Have Met. Buffalo Bill. the James Brothers. Yellowstone Kelley. the Mur- Der of Buck Cannon by Bill Woods. the Suicide of Jack Zimick
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