Life and Adventures of Nat Love, Better Known in the Cattle Country as "Deadwood Dick," by Himself

A True History of Slavery Days, Life on the Great Cattle Ranges and on the Plains of the "Wild and Woolly" West, Based on Facts, and Personal Experiences of the Author

By Nat Love

Life and Adventures of Nat Love, Better Known in the Cattle Country as

146 pp., 6 x 9, 43 halftones

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3322-0
    Published: May 2017
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3323-7
    Published: May 2017

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Nat Love’s memoir Life and Adventures of Nat Love is one of the only firsthand accounts of an African American cowhand in the western United States from this period. Love and his parents were owned by planter Robert Love, and after Emancipation, his parents remained on Love’s plantation as sharecroppers while Nat left and headed west. He found work as a cowboy, first on the Duval Ranch in the Texas panhandle, then on the Gallinger Ranch in southern Arizona. Love’s narrative details his many adventures and exploits, such as being captured and shot by Pima Indians, who eventually spared his life because they sympathized with his plight as a black man. In Deadwood, Dakota Territory, he entered a rodeo, winning $200 and the nickname Deadwood Dick, a reference to a literary character from a dime novel of the day. Published in 1907, the Life and Adventures of Nat Love would help to make Love a black folk hero of the Old West.

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About the Author

Nat Love (1854–1921) was born on a plantation in Davidson County, Tennessee. After many years as a cow herder in the West, he retired to Los Angeles.
For more information about Nat Love, visit the Author Page.