African Cowboy: One Horse Charley

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“One Horse Charley” was an African Cowboy who was well-known across the state of Nevada. He was known for his expertise as a rodeo rider. It is told that “One Horse Charley” never met a horse he could not ride. While One Horse Charley lived in the west, he worked as a Bronco Buster who tamed wild horses. The purpose of taming the horses was to get the animals used to people and able trained to pull wagons. Black cowboys were mostly freedmen after the Civil War. These men were drawn to the cowboy life because the lack of discrimination in the west. But, not all of the black cowboys were freedmen, there were some men who escaped from the plantations in Georgia and South Carolina. The life of the black cowboy was tougher than the most. It was
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