African Americans in the West (Cultures in the American by Douglas Flamming

By Douglas Flamming

From colonial instances to the current, this quantity captures the stories of the westward migration of African american citizens. in response to the most recent study, it deals a clean examine the various methods African americans influenced—and have been stimulated by—the improvement of the U.S. frontier.African americans within the West covers the increase of the slave exchange to its enlargement into what was once on the time the westernmost usa; from the post–Civil battle migrations, together with the Exodusters who fled the South for Kansas in 1879 to the mid–20th century civil rights flow, which observed many serious occasions ensue within the West—from the association of the Black Panthers in Oakland to the tragic Watts riots in l. a..

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After the Civil War, the West as a section assumed its form, as rapid settlement erased the final lines of frontier settlement. But time and place mattered, Turner emphasized. All sections of the United States had a frontier, but the particular circumstances of the frontier’s final expansion made the western section qualitatively different from either the North or the South. The West had its own peculiar history, its own economic and political interests, as did the other two sections. There were overlapping interests and outlooks, to be sure, but what struck Turner was the distinctiveness of the three.

Most of the remaining book, chapters 4 though 9, focuses 18 African Americans in the West squarely on the western region and carries the story of the black West through the 20th century. The final chapter discusses the historiography of African Americans in the West—that is, how historians have studied the topic and how that has changed over time—and closes with a brief suggestion about where the field of black western history is headed and what critical issues are currently facing African Americans in the region.

Some tried to carve out lives of their own apart from other African Americans. Perhaps the best known was James Beckwourth. James Beckwourth was born in the final years of the 18th century. Whether he was ever a slave is not so clear, but as a young man he was a free apprentice to a blacksmith in St. Louis. Soon, however, he bolted into the wilds across the Mississippi. Over the years, he was known to be James Beckwourth, the legendary western explorer. (Courtesy Mercaldo Archives) Frontiers of Slavery and Freedom, 1815–1865 33 an explorer, a trapper, a prospector, and a scout.

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