Episode 8- “Fight for the West: Black Cowboys and the Rodeo” with Colton Wagner

Myrtis Dightman, the first African American cowboy to ride in the National Finals Rodeo

Colton Wager, graduate student in the on-campus M.A. in History program at Fort Hays State University, and member of the FHSU Rodeo Team, discusses a history of African Americans in the West, African American rodeo in the Jim Crow era, and finally, the inclusion of African Americans into professional Rodeo.

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Selected Bibliography:

Cartwright, Keith Ryan. Black Cowboys of Rodeo: Unsung Heroes from Harlem to Hollywood and the American West. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2021.

Flamming, Douglas. African Americans in the West. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2009.

Patton, Tracy Owens and Sally M. Schedlock. “Let’s Go, Let’s Show, Let’s Rodeo: African Americans and the History of Rodeo.” The Journal of African American History 96, no. 4 (2011): 503-521.

________. Gender, Whiteness, and Power in Rodeo: Breaking Away from the Ties of Sexism and Racism. Plymouth: Lexington Books, 2012.

Wallace, Christian. “The Jackie Robinson of Rodeo,” Texas Monthly, July, 2018.

Wills, Matthew. “Black Cowboys and the History of the Rodeo,” JSTOR Daily, February 11, 2021, https://daily.jstor.org/black-cowboys-and-the-history-of-the-rodeo/.

Are you interested in a history degree? We have online and on campus B.A. programs and we also have online and on campus M.A. programs in history or public history. Learn more at https://www.fhsu.edu/history/academic-programs/

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