From John Ware to the Compton Cowboys: 100 years of scholarship, writings, and re-contextualizing the black experience in the west

Man that’s a wordy title.

A couple of times, over the past year on social media, the topic of black cowboys has come up. It’s a fascinating subject that goes against the typical presentations seen in western fiction and stories of the west.

I just wanted to pull together, in one place, a list of some of the books on the subject. Basically, the books I’ve read. They’re all readily available and provide great insights and a solid introduction to the topic.

This is not an exhaustive list. There are many other books on the black experience in the west.

The earliest book that I’m aware of on this subject is from 1919 and a book on this subject was published in 2018. So we’re looking at a century of works about the black experience in the west.

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