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Published on Apr 9, 2012
http://www.lisakwinkler.com/ A fascinating Black History memoir tells the little-known six-month adventure of an African-American cowboy who rode horseback from Manhattan to California.
That gripping journey by Miles Dean, filled with stops to recognize sites that were milestones in African-American culture, is shared in detail by author Lisa K. Winkler in On The Trail of the Ancestors: A Black Cowboy's Ride Across America (ISBN 978-1468123920, 2012, Create Space, 148 pages, $12.95 available on Amazon). http://www.facebook.com/onthetrailoft...
Miles Dean rode his horse more than 5,000 miles across the country to celebrate the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history. A Black Cowboy's Ride Across America will resonate with horse people, armchair travelers, educators, parents and young people who are connected with the African-American community.
• African-Americans who served as US marshals, upholding the law protecting settlers by chasing bank robbers, cattle thieves and other bandits.
• Black cowboys who, for the first half of the 20th century, were barred from competing against white cowboys in the prize events at rodeos and were banned from appearing in motion pictures, both ways in which cowboys supplemented their ranch wages.
• Philadelphia's Washington Square, once called "Congo Square," was the site of several slave auctions that separated Africans from loved ones, sending them into servitude.
• As the nation's capital from 1790 to 1800 Philadelphia hosted George Washington's presidency. A known slaveholder, Washington brought his slaves to Philadelphia, circumventing the law that granted slaves freedom after a six-month residency by moving them back to Virginia.
Marian Smith Holmes, an associate editor for the Smithsonian Magazine, has described these accounts as "precious nuggets of our American past that bear telling to people of all ages and races."
"Lisa Winkler has written an inspiring book; she has engaged us at the level of concrete contributions of African Americans to the history of the United States. Miles Dean's own participation in that history is inescapably awesome. I salute this work and encourage everyone to read this powerful book." Molefi Kete Asante, author of 100 Greatest African Americans
For a review copy of A Black Cowboy's Ride Across America or to schedule an interview with Lisa Winkler, please contact Scott Lorenz, President of Westwind Communications, 734-667-2090 http://www.book-marketing-expert.com