The popularity of the song Old Town Road by Lil Nas X might be making readers curious about the history of African Americans in the western United States. We’ve compiled a collection of non-fiction and historical fictional books to get you started!
We just had to include this one for the beautiful painting on the cover of a mother and her child framed by a golden western landscape. It tells the story of America and African Americans through the eyes of a fictional family.
Bass Reeves was born into slavery, and though the laws of his country enslaved him and his mother, when he became a free man he served the law with such courage and honor that he was known and respected all over the Indian Territory. Gary Paulsen’s dramatic account of the life of Bass Reeves, through stories both real and imagined, make him come alive as a boy and a man.
When a spaceship carrying Neil Armstrong accidentally time travels to 1869 Texas, cowboy Nat Love decides to trade in his horse for a trip to the Moon, and step-siblings Abby and Doc must untwist history and get everyone back to their own time.
A picture book biography of George Fletcher, who loved horses from an early age. When he unfairly lost the 1911 Pendleton Round-Up to a white man, the outraged audience declared him the “people’s champion.”
This book recounts the story of the 1914 disappearance of Sarah Rector, an African American girl who was part of the Creek Indian people and whose land had made her wealthy. Discover what Sarah’s story reveals about race, money and American society in the early 20th century.