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Corporals Cooks and Cowboys: African Americans in the Black Hills and Surrounding Areas

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Corporals Cooks and Cowboys: African Americans in the Black Hills and Surrounding Areas by Lilah Morton Pengra

This book became a local history of some Americans of African-descent who came to to the Black Hills. There was no attempt made to analyze the political or economic forces that led to their migration to Dakota Territory and only a passing nod to why they left. There was more discussion of the social environments they created and they found while here. However, even though this was a local history, the discussions and stories did highlight the three levels of Black history - first, people of color were here and contributed to the course of events in the Black Hills; second, their attitudes and values were part of the mosaic of a multicultural social environment; and third, interpretation was from the point of view of African Americans whenever possible.

Spiral-Bound
216 pages
Black & White Images


From the Author
"This was never meant to be a book. And it certainly was not intended to be an African American history of the Black Hills. Most of these short discussions and stories were written as labels for an exhibition of photographs and artifacts at The Journey Museum in Rapid City, South Dakota in 2000 organized by Joyce Jefferson. I added discussion questions and resource suggestions to make the labels into a study guide. After the exhibition, the study guide languished in my computer for six years, waiting to be transformed into a "real" book."

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