Photographs from the collections of Anthony L. Powell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The Buffalo Soldiers performed with distinction during the post-Civil War opening of the West, and they did so despite routinely being selected for the most dangerous, arduous, and tedious assignments. They were often despised by the very people they protected, for the color of their uniforms (Union blue) and of their faces. Beyond showing enormous bravery in battle with many of the Indian Nationís most adept fighters, they strung telephone lines, guarded railroad crews, built roads, escorted mail parties, and erected forts from the Dakotas to the Rio Grande. The photographs in this book of postcards celebrate the Buffalo Soldiers in portraits, official documentation, and candid shots of army life in the Wild West.
Published with The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library. Twenty-eight duotone reproductions bound in a handy 4 3/4 x 6 7/8" small book. ISBN: 0-7649-2878-3.