Cherokee Bill: Black CowboyIndian Outlaw

Cherokee Bill: Black CowboyIndian Outlaw

by Art T. Burton

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Once upon a time in the late nineteenth century, there was an outlaw that captured the imagination of the American public like no other. He can be compared to John Dillinger or Pretty Boy Floyd of the 1930s. Like both of these men, he garnered national press for his exploits; the well-known New York Times had a running commentary on his actions and deeds. This outlaw's name was Crawford Goldsby, better known as Cherokee Bill.

Cherokee Bill was every bit as colorful and outrageous as any criminal of the western frontier, perhaps even more so. There were a few things about him that made him truly unique for a famous desperado of the purple sage. First and foremost, he was an African American living in the Indian Territory. He was also Native American, Bill was a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, as a freedman, from his mother's lineage.

Compare Cherokee Bill to Billy the Kid, (Billy Antrim), of New Mexico Territory fame. Although both outlaws received national media attention for their crimes while they were living, Billy the Kid was remembered and immortalized in books and films in the twentieth century; this did not occur for Cherokee Bill. Art Burton's newest book will help remedy that.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162685128
Publisher: Eakin Press
Publication date: 02/25/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 957,232
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Art T. Burton received a B.A. and a M.A. in African American Studies from Governors State University. He retired in 2015 after spending 38 years in higher education, as a history teacher, at Prairie State College and South Suburban College and administrator in African American Student Affairs at Benedictine University, Loyola University Chicago and Columbia College Chicago.

In 1991, Burton wrote the first book on African American and Native American outlaw and lawmen in the Wild West. It is titled Black, Red and Deadly: Black and Indian Gunfighters of the Indian Territory, 1870-1907. In 1999, Burton wrote the first book on African Americans who were scouts and soldiers in the Wild West. The book is titled Black Buckskin and Blue: African American Scouts and Soldiers on the Western Frontier. In 2007, Burton wrote the first scholarly biography on an African American lawman of the Wild West. This work is titled, Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves.
Some of the honors Mr. Burton has received include being named a “Territorial Marshal” by Gov. David Walters of Oklahoma in 1995; being inducted into “Who’s Who in Black Chicago” in 2007; inducted into the Hall of Fame at the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum in Fort Worth, Texas in 2008; inducted into “Who’s Who in America” in 2010; and was given the “Living Legend Award” by the Bare Bones Film Festival in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 2015.”

Burton has appeared in four documentaries for the History Channel on cable television. He was a participant on BET’s Teen Summit with Mario Van Peebles for discussion on the movie Posse. In 2015, Burton appeared on FOX Cables’ Legends and Lies Series, episode title, “The Real Lone Ranger” and was a participant in the AHC Cable series Gunslingers episode on Bass Reeves. Burton spoke at the B. B. King Symposium at Mississippi Valley State University in the fall of 2018 on African American and Native American cultures. In July 2019, Burton was the keynote speaker at the 10th Anniversary Bass Reeves Western History Conference in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

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