Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Degree Program

History

Department

History

Major Professor

Brown, Nikki

Second Advisor

Mizell-Nelson, Michael

Third Advisor

Mosterman, Andrea

Abstract

Despite the black cowboy's considerable achievement, the history of their lives remains largely uncovered. Most historiographies present a sympathetic picture, but what is missing is the voice of the black cowboys. Using the views and ideologies of Booker T. Washington, black cowboys were able to become self-sufficient men. This thesis will present a comparison and contrast between the historiography and autobiographies of black cowboys. Furthermore, giving black cowboys a voice through the philosophies of Booker T. Washington and presenting an argument on why the stories and histories of black cowboys have only recently been resurrected, largely because popular media in the progressive era did not include their stories.

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