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The True West

Real stories about black cowboys, women sharpshooters, Native-American rodeo stars, vaqueros, and more.

The True West

Real stories about black cowboys, women sharpshooters, Native-American rodeo stars, vaqueros, and more.

$2,025
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About

The story of the West belongs to everyone . . . 

. . . and now that story is finally being told. 

Historians estimate that 1-in-4 cowboys were actually black, Latino, Native American, or even women!

First, why this book matters

While the American cowboy is, deservedly, a cultural icon and part of our America's mythology, what many people don’t know is that a significant percentage—probably around 1 in 4—of the nation's cowboys were African American, Latino, and Native American. Many cowboys were even . . . cowgirls! They were, in truth, everybody. And that means the story of the West belongs to every kid in America. 

Jackson Sundown, the famous Native-American rodeo star, on his legendary final ride at the Pendleton Roundup.

What you'll find inside

(Hint: incredible stories of black cowboys, women sharpshooters, pioneering vaqueros, Native-American rodeo stars, and more!)

The True West is packed with stories, biographies, quotes, facts, illustrations, and artifacts that tell the incredible feats of over twenty-five heroes: African Americans, Native Americans, vaqueros, women, and more.

Mamie Hafley could land her horse in a tub of water from a five-story tower!

Who's included in the book?

  •  Bass Reeves: The first black US Marshal west of the Mississippi and one of the greatest lawmen of the Wild West. He arrested over 3,000 criminals and was the man the Lone Ranger was probably based on.
  •  Nat Love (Deadwood Dick): A fantastic black rodeo star who became a legend in books and movies.
  •  Mamie Hafley: The incredibly courageous woman who dived off a 5 story tower into a pool of water on the back of her horse.
  •  Jackson Sundown: The Native American star who not only rode bulls and horses—but buffaloes as well!
  •  Annie Oakley: A small woman who became the world’s biggest celebrity—shooting cards held sideways at 30 paces!
  •  "Stagecoach Mary" Fields: The 6’2”, 200-pound ball of fire who let nothing stop her from doing her work and delivering the mail—not even a pack of wolves! She was also the first African American woman employee of the US Postal Service.
  •  Bill Pickett: The man who invented “bulldogging” and later became a movie star.
  •  Cathay Williams: The woman who joined the US Army—as a man!
  •  Fox Hastings: The trick riding woman who could stand on the back of a pony at full speed.
  •  Charley Willis: The black cowboy musician who wrote “Goodbye Old Paint” and other famous Western songs.
  •  Vaqueros: The pioneering cowboys who brought us many of the words we use today like lasso, rodeo, and buckaroo. 
  •  Chinese Workers: The intrepid builders who endured persecution and prejudice from every level of government and society while constructing the greatest engineering project of the century: the First Transcontinental Railroad.
  •  Levi Strauss: The Jewish businessmen who found greater respect and freedom in the West—and also invented blue jeans!
  •  Henry O. Flipper: The first black graduate from West Point who served throughout many Western campaigns.
  •  "Calamity Jane" Cannary: The indomitable frontierswoman who stopped a runaway carriage (among many other incredible feats)!
  • and more!

Gorgeous design rich with historical details

Every page is packed with facts, artifacts, original art, and other details that make an immersive educational experience. Kids can pore over this book for hours!

The 6’2”, 200-pound ball of fire who let nothing stop her from doing her work and delivering the mail—not even a pack of wolves! She was also the first African American woman employee of the US Postal Service.

Outside the book

The True West's cover has a beautiful velvety, matte finish with embossing to feel like leather. Tiny bits of gold foil and glossy details highlight intricate designs stamped right into the cover material. 

A message of unity and diversity

I’ve written this book in hopes that it will help bring the people of our country closer together by helping us understand the shared, but often unappreciated, history of our nation. Specifically, this book is about the incredible diversity of people who were part of the American West. In its own way, the Wild West was a “melting pot” every bit as much as the cities of the East Coast.

—Mifflin Lowe, Author

Every kid deserves to own books of their own, and we think every kid should know that whatever their race or gender, they can own the Western story, too. That's why for every copy of The True West that we sell, we're going to donate one copy to kids in need. These books will find their way to low-income schools, neighborhoods, libraries, and more where kids need these stories most. 

1 Book ($25)

  • 1 hardcover copy of The True West 
  • 1 PDF set of coloring sheets
  • 1 "Real Cowboy on Board" bumper sticker
  • Your name on our Wall of Gratitude

2 Books ($48)

  • 2 hardcover copies of The True West—one to keep, one to give!
  • 1 PDF set of coloring sheets
  • 1 "Real Cowboy on Board" bumper sticker
  • Your name on our Wall of Gratitude

 3 Books ($70)

  • 3 hardcover copies of The True West 
  • 1 PDF set of coloring sheets
  • 1 "Real Cowboy on Board" bumper sticker
  • Your name on our Wall of Gratitude

Deluxe Gift Package ($85)

The perfect gift for your favorite little—or not so little—cowboy or cowgirl!

  • 1 hardcover copy of The True West 
  • 1 personalized horseshoe—your name of choice stamped right in the metal!
  • 1 real bandana
  • 1 poster print of vintage horse illustration
  • 1 set of six Western hero illustration prints
  • 1 PDF set of coloring sheets
  • 1 "Real Cowboy on Board" bumper sticker
  • Your name on our Wall of Gratitude

Teacher Exclusive ($100)

This is the perfect book for the classroom! So we've gone all out to provide a rewards package just for teachers.

  • 2 hardcover copies of The True West 
  • A 30-minute virtual author Skype visit with author Al Lowe
  • A full set of illustrated posters of each hero from the book (25 in all!)
  • 1 PDF set of coloring sheets
  • 1 "Real Cowboy on Board" bumper sticker
  • Your class's name on our Wall of Gratitude

You in the Story! ($500)

The ultimate honor! We'll put a likeness of you, your child, or a loved one illustrated as a character on one of the pages in the book. Plus, you'll get everything else from the deluxe gift set!

  • 5 hardcover copies of The True West (we know you'll want to share!)
  • A likeness of you, your child, or a loved one illustrated as a character on one of the pages in the book.
  • 1 personalized horseshoe—your name of choice stamped right in the metal!
  • 1 real bandana
  • 1 poster print of vintage horse illustration
  • 1 set of six Western hero illustration prints
  • 1 PDF set of coloring sheets
  • 1 "Real Cowboy on Board" bumper sticker
  • Your name on our Wall of Gratitude

Risks and challenges

We have publisher Bushel & Peck Books on our team, so we have great book publishing experience backing us up and risks are minimal.

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    • Hardcover book
    • Personalized metal horseshoe stamped with name of your choice!
    • Red bandana
    • Vintage horse breeds poster (8.5" x 11")
    • Set of six illustrated hero prints (8.5" x 11")
    • "Real Cowboy On Board" bumper sticker
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