The True West
The True West
Real Stories of Black Cowboys, Women Sharpshooters, Native American Rodeo Stars, Pioneering Vaqueros, and the Unsung Explorers, Builders, and Heroes Who Shaped the American West
A 2021 Notable Social Studies Trade Book from the Children's Book Council and National Council for the Social Studies
"The True West is especially and unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, middle school, and community library American History collections for young readers." —Midwest Book Review
"Mifflin Lowe's True West displays the multi-faceted experience of Western culture through its many diverse and iconic characters. Whether cowboy, stage performer, or arbiter of the law, these stories will allow the reader to see America through a new lens revealing education and insight for all ages!" —Dom Flemons, The American Songster, Grammy-Award Winning Folksinger
"In this useful, informative book, more than two dozen men and women from a range of racial, cultural, and geographic backgrounds are recognized for their roles in the construction of American society during westward expansion. … A strong addition to social studies and literacy curricula." —Amina Chaudhri, Booklist
Did you know that the Lone Ranger was likely inspired by a black cowboy? Or that some of the most famous sharpshooters in the West were women? Or how a Native American rodeo star could ride even a buffalo? These are no tall tales! In fact, historians estimate that 1-in-4 cowboys were actually black, Latino, or Native American—or even women! So saddle up for a tour of the Wild West with some of history's most unsung heroes and discover how the great Western story is really everyone's story.
Bestselling author, singer, songwriter, and musician Mifflin Lowe has had nine books published, selling over 300,000 copies in six languages. His books include a children's poetry book, Beasts By The Bunches (Doubleday), and three humor books for adults: The Cheapskate's Handbook, I Hate Fun, and How To Be A Celebrity (Price/Stern/Sloan.) He has also performed his music for family audiences from New England to New Orleans, presenting works from his children's CDs: The King Who Forgot His Underpants, Cowboy Kareem, Wilton Wilberry's Magical Holiday Wishing Well, Cat Tales, and Beasts By The Bunches (Caedmon/Harper& Row). Recently, his animated film script, The Adventures of Cowboy Kareem, won the blue ribbon prize in the Sarasota Film Office TV/ME competition, beating out over 800 entrants from 28 states.
Wiliam is an illustrator and graphic designer. He graduated from Dong Nai College of Decorative Arts as one of the top students in his class.