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The Life and Adventures of Nat Love

Nat Love

Book Overview: 

Nat Love was born a slave, emancipated into abject poverty, grew up riding the range as a cowboy and spent his maturity riding the rails as a Pullman Porter. For me, the most amazing thing about him is that despite the circumstances of his life, which included being owned like a farm animal solely because of the color of his skin and spending later decades living and working as an equal with white coworkers, he was an unrepentant racist! Convinced that the only good Indian was a dead one, and that all Mexicans were “greasers” and/or “bums,” he rarely passed up a chance to shoot a member of either group, whether in self-defense or cold blood, and shows no sign of having appreciated the difference. At one point, he fell in love with a Mexican girl but, apparently unable to tolerate this reality, considered her “Spanish.”

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I don't think she thought I had the courage to go, and besides I had neither clothing or money and to tell the truth, the outlook was discouraging even to me, but I continued to look for an opportunity which happened in a very unexpected manner shortly after. One day a man by the name of Johnson announced that he would raffle a fine beautiful horse at fifty cents a chance. I heard of it at once, but had no money with which to get a chance. However, when there's a will there's a way, so I went to the barn and caught two chickens which I sold for fifty cents and at once got a chance. My chance won the horse. Mr. Johnson said he would give me fifty dollars for the horse and as I needed the money more than the horse I sold the horse back. Mr. Johnson at once raffled him off again and again I won the horse, which I again sold for fifty dollars. With nearly a hundred dollars I went home and told mother of what I had done and gave her half of the money, telling[Pg 39][Pg 38] her. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The autobiographical work by Nat Love (1854-1921), an ex-slave from a Tennessee plantation, The Life and Adventures of Nat Love, reads like a penny novel. I have heard many people complain about the casual use of historical personages in the writing of an historical novel but Nat Love apparently...more

Good read for the times

A good read,not so sure all is real as he says. Possibly a lot of boastful writing. He was one lucky SOB....more

A stream of consciousness story

The things I enjoyed most were the stories of the men he met. Saying Billie the Kid was a good guy bucks the history I've read. I can't imagine cattle drives in the thousands I'd head from gulf to Canadian border.

3.5 stars

I first heard of Nat Love when I read Paradise Sky, by Joe Lansdale. Nat Love was the main character and narrator, and I didn’t think to look up if he was based on a real person until I was almost finished with the book. I was excited to find that not only was he a real person: he had al...more

An amazing and rollicking true tale that's only hampered by the 'old-timey' writing style.

The autobiography of Nat Turner, also known as Red River Dick, and more popularly known as Deadwood Dick, is a pretty good read! He lead a heck of a life, first a slave, then a cowboy, then a Native (for a month!), and finally a porter on the railroads. And he seemed to be everywhere and know eve...more

Nat "Deadwood Dick" Love was born a slave, and came out of Reconstruction a cowboy, whose dramatic and sometimes implausible adventures he documented for posterity in this 1907 memoir. At least one person online asserts that this is the only surviving narrative from a black cowboy of the nineteen...more

Interesting to see the Old West and the cowboy life from the point of view of an African American. I found it strange that the only mention of racism or prejudice was at the beginning when Nat tells about plantation life. Apparently there were several African American cowboys in the Old West. If...more

Great book: With the caveat that it is not a good book. Let me explain:

It is poorly written with a view towards exploiting his reputation, which is fine with me. And some of the most interesting things are left out: After the first chapter on his childhood as a slave, there is no mention of raci...more

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