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Voices of the West - Nat Love



Voices of the West - Nat Love
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     challenging words:    porters, feat, slavery, mustang, travelers, autobiography, traveled, horseback, tending, nickname, freedom, during, however, slave, addition, died
     content words:    Old West, Nat Love, Davidson County, American Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation, Dodge City, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, New Mexico, South Dakota


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Voices of the West - Nat Love
By Trista L. Pollard
  

1     The Old West was a magnet for pioneers. Settlers, black and white, came west for a new life. Some came to the West for adventure. Nat Love was one of these people.
 
2     In 1854, Nat Love was born a slave in Davidson County, Tennessee. He wanted to find adventure in the Old West. However, slavery put his dream on hold. The American Civil War ended in 1865. This, along with the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, gave Love his freedom. After the war, he moved to Dodge City, Kansas, as at the age of 15. This was when Love got his first job. He worked as a cowboy herding cattle.
 
3     Love herded cattle on trails through the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and Mexico. He traveled to New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Utah on his way to Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota. As a cowboy, he earned $30 a month. Nat Love, like other cowboys, worked for cattle companies in Texas and Arizona. He worked cattle drives for over twenty years. These were a very interesting twenty years.

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