By Douglas Flamming

ISBN-10: 1598840029

ISBN-13: 9781598840025

From colonial occasions to the current, this quantity captures the stories of the westward migration of African american citizens. in response to the most recent study, it bargains a clean examine the various methods African americans influenced—and have been motivated by—the improvement of the U.S. frontier.African americans within the West covers the increase of the slave alternate to its growth into what used to be on the time the westernmost usa; from the post–Civil conflict migrations, together with the Exodusters who fled the South for Kansas in 1879 to the mid–20th century civil rights circulation, which observed many severe occasions occur within the West—from the association of the Black Panthers in Oakland to the tragic Watts riots in la.

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The Colorado gold rush of 1859 required miners to make a desperate trek across the full length of Kansas, and then eastern Colorado to boot, hundreds of miles of dust— not to mention direct competition with Plains Indians over very limited sources of wood and water. In effect, as Walter Prescott Webb pointed out, the frontier leapfrogged across the high plains to the Far West, leaving the interior West largely unsettled until the late 19th century—when the Industrial Revolution and the Indian Wars finally made it possible, or at least plausible, for Americans to settle the area.

In each chapter, I have emphasized what I consider to be events of vital importance to an understanding of the African American experience in the West. Because this book covers large swaths of time and space in a single volume, the narrative moves at a rapid clip and sometimes this focus on major trends and events can make readers forget that real people were involved in all of this. To keep the human dimension in the forefront, each chapter begins with a personal story, a little vignette intended to reflect a major thesis in that chapter—a “human interest story” so to speak.

At the Missouri River? At the Rocky Mountains? Turner himself did not answer this question, but countless historians have tried. The most influential was Walter Prescott Webb, a child of the High Plains who located the West geographically and environmentally. His classic treatment was his 1931 book, The Great Plains, which offered a sophisticated and at times spirited analysis placing the transition point from East to West at the 98th meridian (that is, on any basic map, the longitudinal line corresponding to 98 degrees).

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