Includes bibliographical references (p. -158) and index.
Beckwourth's pass -- The pioneering adventures of Oscar Micheaux -- Slavery, secession, and uncivil war -- The significance of the frontier in the new Negro renaissance -- Hip Hopalong Cassidy : cowboys and rappers -- Black noir -- Everybody comes to California to die -- Women rewriting history.
"Much of the scholarly neglect of the "Black West" can be blamed on how the American West has been imagined, constructed, and framed in scholarship to date. In his study, Blake Allmendinger provides the appropriate theoretical, cultural, and historical contexts for understanding the literature and suggests new directions for the future of black western literature."--BOOK JACKET.