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In The Story of Oklahoma, Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves appears as one of “eight notable Oklahomans,” the “most feared U.S. marshal in the Indian country.” That Reeves was also an African American who had spent his early life as a slave in Arkansas and Texas made his accomplishments all the more remarkable. Black Gun, Silver Star tells Bass Reeves's story for the first time, sifting through fact and legend to discover the truth about one of the most outstanding peace officers in late-nineteenth-century America—and perhaps the greatest lawman of the Wild West era. 

Bucking the odds (“I’m sorry, we didn’t keep black people’s history,” a clerk at one of Oklahoma’s local historical societies answered to a query), Art T. Burton traces Reeves from his days of slavery to his soldiering in the Civil War battles of the Trans-Mississippi Theater to his career as a deputy U.S. marshal out of Fort Smith, Arkansas, beginning in 1875 when he worked under “Hanging Judge” Isaac C. Parker. Fluent in Creek and other southern Native languages, physically powerful, skilled with firearms, and a master of disguise, Reeves was exceptionally adept at apprehending fugitives and outlaws and his exploits were legendary in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Black Gun, Silver Star restores this remarkable figure to his rightful place in the history of the American West.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-vii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. viii-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Introduction: Uncovering the History of Black Deputy U.S. Marshals
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 1. The Lone Ranger and Other Stories
  2. pp. 11-18
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  1. 2. Arkansas Son
  2. pp. 19-24
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  1. 3. Van Buren and Fort Smith
  2. pp. 25-31
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  1. 4. On the Trail
  2. pp. 32-55
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  1. 5. "No Sunday West of St. Louis, No God West of Fort Smith"
  2. pp. 56-75
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  1. 6. Gunman's Territory
  2. pp. 76-107
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  1. 7. Hell on the Border
  2. pp. 108-126
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  1. 8. Trial of the Century
  2. pp. 127-148
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  1. 9. Back on the Trail [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 149-170
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  1. 10. The Winds of Change
  2. pp. 171-177
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  1. 11. Land of the Six-Shooter
  2. pp. 178-190
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  1. 12. Paris, Texas
  2. pp. 191-208
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  1. 13. Northern District, Indian Territory
  2. pp. 209-223
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  1. 14. Muskogee Marshal
  2. pp. 224-232
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  1. 15. A New Century
  2. pp. 233-239
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  1. 16. Devotion to Duty
  2. pp. 240-254
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  1. 17. The Invincible Marshal
  2. pp. 255-272
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  1. 18. A Lawman to the End
  2. pp. 273-304
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 305-308
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 309-312
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 313-326
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 327-332
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 333-347
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803205413
MARC Record
OCLC
68481191
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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