I am now in the process of having people read and make corrections to the manuscript for my new book — Red White Black, A True Story of Race and Rodeo. Next week I will be swinging through NE Oregon for some final research and then a rewrite.
Here’s an excerpt from the Introduction:
What little remained of the Wild West was now being portrayed by hucksters and showmen like Buffalo Bill Cody and his traveling circus-like extravaganza: cowboys and Indians riding in mock battles, a woman, Annie Oakley, putting on shooting exhibitions to show men how it was done, and even old Geronimo, the once proud war chief of the mighty Apache nation, had been reduced to selling photographs of himself for a nickel a pop. Audiences across the nation, and even internationally, were thrilled by these gaudy performances. The Wild West had met its end, destroyed by an industrial revolution that swept across the nation like an out-of-control wildfire pushed by the brawny winds of “Progress.” Progress at any cost.
Visit my website at Writing the West, http://ricksteber.com for more tales of the Wild West, including non-fiction biographies and novels, audio books and DVDs. My books are now available for purchase as ebooks.