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Unpacking the Complicated History of the Black Cowboy

Historians estimate that around 1 in 4 cowboys were Black.

Collage made from photos of Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves, Courtesy Art T. Burton; actor Idris Elba in the film “Concrete Cowboys; Brianna Noble, photo by Noah Berger

When most of think of a cowboy, we tend to think of slick-talking, sharpshooting white man with cowboy hat and leather boots. In the U.S., it’s a tall task to grow up without seeing at least one western film or tv show with this archetype. But the term “cowboy” was what Black…

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Joshua Adams

Joshua Adams

Joshua Adams is a journalist from Chicago. UVA & USC. Taught media and communication at DePaul & Salem State. Twitter: @ProfJoshuaA