This book is designed to remedy the historic neglect of the significant contribution made by African-Americans to the settlement and development of the West. The African-American western experience during the frontier era (–) is a story that is rich and diverse. The fifteen authors in this volume highlight many of the contributions African-American men and women made to the western frontier.
The books written by Harold Frederic depict a self-made, properly Protestant American. Yet, in some of his books, in particular The Damnation of Theron Ware, Frederic depicts self-made women and challenges the idea that only men can attain culturally-defined success. The works offer an inversion of late 19th-century gender-based expectations.