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This volume contains entries that chronologically span the range from the beginning of the Civil War to the noteworthy career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and geographically tend to concentrate on the Midwest and West. Willard R. Johnson examines his own family's history and genealogy in his documentation of Native American and African American relations in "Tracing Trails of Blood on Ice: Commemorating `The Great Escape' in 1861-62 of Indians and Blacks into Kansas." Scott Lucas details the experience of Kentucky's African American population during the Civil War in "High Expectations: African Americans in Civil War Kentucky." "Poetic Justice: The Whipping of William H. Clopton" by Leonne Hudson, an associate history professor, relays the tale of former bondsmen exacting a measure of revenge of their former owner. Black cowboys and their innovation and survival on the western frontier are the subject of Roger Hardaway's contribution to this growing body of scholarship in "African American Cowboys on the Western Frontier." Homer Fleetwood documents the burgeoning black population in early-twentieth century Los Angeles in his article "You Can Hear Them a Mile Away: The Black Invasion of Los Angeles." Manuscript curator Kathryn Neal depicts the importance of developing African American-focused collections at major institutions through "Being Seen and Heard: African American Documentation Initiatives in Iowa and Minnesota. …

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