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Chovexani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-04-08 09:05 AM
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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 so you can get an idea of what it's like.
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