Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves by Art T. BurtonBlack Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves by Art T. Burton

Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves

byArt T. Burton

Paperback | April 1, 2008

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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 makes his accomplishments all the more remarkable. 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 a query), Art T. Burton sifts 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.
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. A finalist for the 2007 Spur Award, sponsored by the Western Writers of America, Black Gun, Silver Star tells Bass Reeves’s story for the first time and restores this remarkable figure to his rightful place in the history of the American West.
Art T. Burton is a professor of history at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois. He is the author of Black, Buckskin, and Blue: African American Scouts and Soldiers on the Western Frontier and Black, Red, and Deadly: Black and Indian Gunfighters of the Indian Territory, 1870–1907.
Title:Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass ReevesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9.87 × 6.06 × 0.84 inPublished:April 1, 2008Publisher:UNP - Bison BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803217471

ISBN - 13:9780803217478

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Uncovering the History of Black Deputy U.S. Marshals
1. The Lone Ranger and Other Stories
2. Arkansas Son
3. Van Buren and Fort Smith
4. On the Trail
5. "No Sunday West of St. Louis, No God West of Fort Smith"
6. Gunman's Territory
7. Hell on the Border
8. Trial of the Century
9. Back on the Trail
10. The Winds of Change
11. Land of the Six-Shooter
12. Paris, Texas
13. Northern District, Indian Territory
14. Muskogee Marshal
15. A New Century
16. Devotion to Duty
17. The Invincible Marshal
18. A Lawman to the End

Editorial Reviews

"Art Burton's extensive research for Black Gun, Silver Star fleshes out the fascinating life story and exploits of a former slave who became one of the most famous lawmen in the Indian Territory days of 'Hanging Judge' Isaac Parker."—William Black, Superintendent Fort Smith National Historic Site
- William Black - 20051013