James Beckwourth

James Beckwourth (1798/1800-1866)

The Life of James Beckwourth

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The Narrative of James Beckwourth

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Sources and Further Reading

Primary Sources

There are several editions of Beckwourth’s narrative. A scholarly edition is this one:

    • Beckwourth, James P. The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth, as Told to Thomas D. Bonner. 1856. Ed. Delmont R. Oswald. Lincoln, NE: Bison Books, 1981.

An online edition accessible for free is this one:

    • Beckwourth, James P. The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth, Mountaineer, Scout, Pioneer, and Chief of the Crow Nation of Indians. 1856. New Edition, London, 1892. San Francisco: Internet Archive, 2007. Beckwourth_Narrative

Selected Research Literature

    • Browder, Laura. Slippery Characters: Ethnic Impersonators and American Identities. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.
    • Hoxie, Frederick E. Parading through History: The Making of the Crow Nation, 1805-1935. New York: Cambridge UP, 1995.
    • Krupat, Arnold. “American Autobiography: The Western Tradition.” The Georgia Review 35.2 (Summer 1981): 307-317.
    • Lape, Noreen Grover. West of the Border: The Multicultural Literature of the Western American Frontiers. Athens, OH: Ohio UP, 2000.
    • Madera, Judith. Black Atlas: Geography and Flows in Nineteenth-Century African American Literature. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2015.
    • Oswald, Delmont R. Introduction and Epilogue. The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth, as Told to Thomas D. Bonner. 1856. Ed. Delmont R. Oswald. Lincoln, NE: Bison Books, 1981. vii-xiii, 603-628.
    • Taylor, Quintard. In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the American West, 1528–1990. New York: Norton, 1998.
    • Wilson, Elinor. Jim Beckwourth: Black Mountain Man and War Chief of the Crows. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 4th printing, 1988.

Online Sources and Links

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