You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Reply #157: Black Women of the Old West [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » DU Groups » Race & Ethnicity » African-American Issues Group Donate to DU
Chovexani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-04-08 09:05 AM
Response to Original message
157. Black Women of the Old West
This was an impulse buy from a museum in Phoenix before I moved back home to NY. The minute I finished this book, I had to post in here about it. It's by William Katz, and it's a phenomenal coffee table book telling the story of black women in the pioneer days, stories that just don't get told. Did you know that a black woman owned Beverly Hills back then, and a lot of other land in the LA area? I sure as hell didn't. It's some fascinating stuff. It talks about black women in the Indian tribes, black women who were entrepreneurs and such. Hell, the pictures in this book alone are worth the price of admission--seeing black and white photos of black women in pioneer dress is a powerful image. So often when Hollywood spins tales of the old West, black women are invisible. As the author says on his website, we're not even maids and nannies in those stories. It's like we never existed back then. But the truth is in those photos and stories. It's powerful stuff.

My only beef with the book is that it's way too short! It definitely left me wanting more. It's well-written and Katz's writing style is not dry at all.

This is the author's website, and it links to an excerpt on Amazon.com so you can get an idea of what it's like. http://www.williamlkatz.com/Books/BlackWomen/index.php
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 

Home » Discuss » DU Groups » Race & Ethnicity » African-American Issues Group Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC