This is 15 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on Western Expansion in the United States – Bill Pickett – African American Cowboy. Each of the slides are editable and can be modified to adjust to your presentation, if needed.
Although little has been said about the role of the African American cowboy or other African American pioneers who traveled through and settled the territory west of the MS during the 19th century, there were an estimated 35,000 cowboys that worked the ranches and rode the trails. Between 5,000 and 9,000 were said to have been African-American. Many rode the Goodnight-Loving Trail.
One such black cowboy, was Bill Pickett, who was a successful showman and cowboy who achieved fame for the technique he developed for steer wrestling called “bulldogging.” By 1888, Pickett and his brothers started their own horse-breaking and cowboy services company in Taylor, TX. The company was known as the Pickett Brothers Bronco Busters and Rough Riders Association. Their advertisements promised: “catching and taming wild cattle a specialty.”
In 1907, he joined the 101 Ranch full time, becoming one of its star performers and assuming the status of a legendary figure for his masterful handling of both wild and domestic animals. The American fascination for Wild West shows and rodeos faded after World War I, and the 101 Ranch Show closed in 1931.
39 years after his death, Bill Pickett was inducted into the National Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame (1971), the first African American to receive this honor. He was also honored by being selected to be featured on a 1994 U.S. postage stamp. Experts say the stamp actually depicts one of his brothers.
The presentation slides cover’s the following:
African American Cowboys
Marriage & Business
End of an Era
Injury & Death
End of Presentation
This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading.... Western Expansion in the United States.