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The Black West

When you hear about black outlaws and cowboys of the Old West, you might be sitting there scratching your head: “Why that’s an oxymoron! I’ve never heard of such a thing!”

Yeah, I know you haven’t because they were literally “whitewashed” (pun intended) out of Old West history. Oh, I know you may have heard of the “Buffalo Soldiers,” but that was only part of the story. According to historians, about a third of all the cowboys were African Americans. Bet you never saw that in the movies when you were growing up did you? Neither did I!

The doctrine of white supremacy and the inferiority of blacks and other non-whites permeated the air during the old west and after that. So, the exploits of black cowboys, lawmen, and outlaws in the storied history of the Old West wasn’t deemed important or worthy enough of inclusion in the annals of Old West history. This was reserved for white men only.

I mentioned black lawmen, and you probably thought "black lawmen?" while scratching your head at the same time. I thought the same thing when I first started researching the true history of the Old West.

Music Credits:

Epidemic Sound (https://www.epidemicsound.com)

Tracks :

1.- Horseback Riding
Hunting for Sunsets

2.-Black Pony
Hunting for Sunsets

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