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In Episode 14, Jack and Amanda cover comics at the American Library Association Annual Conference:

Interview with Joel Christian Gill of Strange Fruit, Volume 1: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History and Bass Reeves: Tales of the Talented Tenth, Volume 1.

Interview with Nathan Hale of Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, Calamity Jack and Rapunzel’s Revenge.

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The REAL 'Lone Ranger' Was An African American Lawman Who Lived With Native American Indians

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Story:

The real “Lone Ranger,” it turns out, was an African American man named Bass Reeves, who the legend was based upon. Perhaps not surprisingly, many aspects of his life were written out of the story, including his ethnicity. The basics remained the same: a lawman hunting bad guys, accompanied by a Native American, riding on a white horse, and with a silver trademark.

Historians of the American West have also, until recently, ignored the fact that this man was African American, a free black man who headed West to find himself less subject to the racist structure of the established Eastern and Southern states.

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While historians have largely overlooked Reeves, there have been a few notable works on him. Vaunda Michaux Nelson’s book,Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal, won the 2010 Coretta Scott King Award for best author. Arthur Burton released an overview of the man’s life a few years ago.Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves recounts that Reeves was born into a life of slavery in 1838. His slave-keeper brought him along as another personal servant when he went off to fight with the Confederate Army, during the Civil War.

Reeves took the chaos that ensued during the war to escape for freedom, after beating his “master” within an inch of his life, or according to some sources, to death. Perhaps the most intruiging thing about this escape was that Reeves only beat his enslaver after the latter lost sorely at a game of cards with Reeves and attacked him.

After successfully defending himself from this attack, he knew that there was no way he would be allowed to live if he stuck around.

Reeves fled to the then Indian Territory of today’s Oklahoma and lived harmoniously among the Seminole and Creek Nations of Native American Indians.

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After the Civil War finally concluded, he married and eventually fathered ten children, making his living as a Deputy U.S. Marshall in Arkansas and the Indian Territory. If this surprises you, it should, as Reeves was the first African American to ever hold such a position.

Burton explains that it was at this point that the Lone Ranger story comes in to play. Reeves was described as a “master of disguises”. He used these disguises to track down wanted criminals, even adopting similar ways of dressing and mannerisms to meet and fit in with the fugitives, in order to identify them.

Reeves kept and gave out silver coins as a personal trademark of sorts, just like the Lone Ranger’s silver bullets. Of course, the recent Disney adaptation of theLone Ranger devised a clever and meaningful explanation for the silver bullets in the classic tales. For the new Lone Ranger, the purposes was to not wantonly expend ammunition and in so doing devalue human life. But in the original series, there was never an explanation given, as this was simply something originally adapted from Reeves’ personal life and trademarking of himself. For Reeves, it had a very different meaning, he would give out the valuable coins to ingratiate himself to the people wherever he found himself working, collecting bounties. In this way, a visit from thereal “Lone Ranger” meant only good fortune for the town: a criminal off the street and perhaps a lucky silver coin.

Like the Lone Ranger, Reeves was also expert crack shot with a gun. According to legend, shooting competitions had an informal ban on allowing him to enter. Like the Lone Ranger, Reeves rode a white horse throughout almost all of his career, at one point riding a light grey one as well.

Like the famed Lone Ranger legend Reeves had his own close friend like Tonto. Reeves’ companion was a Native American posse man and tracker who he often rode with, when he was out capturing bad guys. In all, there were close to 3000 of such criminals they apprehended, making them a legendary duo in many regions.

The final proof that this legend of Bass Reeves directly inspired into the story of the Lone Ranger can be found in the fact that a large number of those criminals were sent to federal prison in Detroit. The Lone Ranger radio show originated and was broadcast to the public in 1933 on WXYZ in Detroit where the legend of Reeves was famous only two years earlier.

Of course, WXYZ and the later TV and movie adaptions weren’t about to make the Lone Ranger an African American who began his career by beating a slave-keeper to death. But nowyou know. Spread the word and let people know thereal legend of the Lone Ranger.

(Article by Micah Naziri)

Always question the history you are taught.

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ironhoodchicago:

Who was the greatest Deputy U.S. Marshal of the Old West?
Wyatt Earp?Wild Bill Hickok?
How about Bass Reeves? Bass who?
Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves was arguably the greatest lawman and gunfighter of the West, a man who served as a marshal for 32 years in the most dangerous district in the country, captured 3,000 felons, (once bringing in 17 men at one time), and shot 14 men in the line of duty, all without ever being shot himself.


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ironhoodchicago:

Who was the greatest Deputy U.S. Marshal of the Old West?

Wyatt Earp?
Wild Bill Hickok?

How about Bass Reeves? Bass who?

Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves was arguably the greatest lawman and gunfighter of the West, a man who served as a marshal for 32 years in the most dangerous district in the country, captured 3,000 felons, (once bringing in 17 men at one time), and shot 14 men in the line of duty, all without ever being shot himself.

Coming this fall!

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Drawing on the porch.

Drawing on the porch.

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Today’s schedule.

Today’s schedule.

First stop lecture at Google.
Then WBUR 90.9 interview Radio Boston. Then Harvard Book Store signing tonight at 7pm. #busy
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Drawing Thumbnails. #comics #drawing #

Drawing Thumbnails. #comics #drawing #

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colonialcomics:

ALA Las Vegas is eleven days away and I will be there at Artist Alley Table #2132! And I’ll have these wonderful Colonial Character trading cards with me, illustrated by Scott White! Additionally!

1) Matt Dembicki (TRICKSTER, WILD OCEAN, DISTRICT COMICS), Joel Gill (STRANGE FRUIT, TALES OF THE TALENTED TENTH), and I will be giving a talk on Saturday, June 28th @ 10AM on the Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage entitled “Teaching With Comics”!

2) I’ll have some advanced copies with five stories from the book that I’ll be signing at 11AM on Sunday, 6/29 at the Fulcrum Booth (#0343)!

3) We will be participating in the Artist Alley silent auction with a wonderful page from Noel Tuazon! 

4) I’ll have a near-complete digital copy of the book that you can flip through on a cool touchscreen!

5) I’ll have some tax stamps that you can use to levy taxes on objects without offering government representation!

6) I’ll have future builders (an advanced technology based off of the more primitive Paper Fortune Tellers or Cootie Catchers, as they used to be called) that I made to promote TRY LOOKING AHEAD!

And, time permitting, maybe some more things - like origami Mayflowers, Futurist and Colonial M.A.S.H. and Mad Libs, and other old-school fun!

Basically, if you’re looking for a break from the regular old convention stuff, stop on by Table 2132 for a little nostalgia, some free swag, and a smile.I’ll be rocking the bow tie - you won’t miss me!

That’s what’s up.

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Triple Nickels

Operation Firefly sent an all black battalion of smoke jumpers to fight fires caused by Japanese attacks in the Pacific Northwest.
#28daysarenotenough

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Charles “Tarzan” Cooper, shown circa 1939, was a member of the New York Rens basketball team - one of the first all-Black basketball teams in the United States. All-Black teams existed up until around 1950 when the NBA integrated their teams The New-York Historical Society is sponsoring a scholarship contest that was inspired by their upcoming exhibition on The Black Fives, which is about the history of early 20th-century African American basketball teams. Photo: The Black Fives Foundation/New York Historical Society.


#28daysarenotenough

vintageblackglamour:

Charles “Tarzan” Cooper, shown circa 1939, was a member of the New York Rens basketball team - one of the first all-Black basketball teams in the United States. All-Black teams existed up until around 1950 when the NBA integrated their teams The New-York Historical Society is sponsoring a scholarship contest that was inspired by their upcoming exhibition on The Black Fives, which is about the history of early 20th-century African American basketball teams. Photo: The Black Fives Foundation/New York Historical Society.

#28daysarenotenough

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CultureSOUL *The Civil Rights Era* - The African Americans

Protestors being arrested at a Civil rights demonstration in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963. All photos by Bruce Davidson

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