History lessons about the Civil War often include discussions of slavery, states’ rights and now – cowboys.
In her new book, “Western Cowboy Poetry,” Sharon Carpenter provides insight into what life might have been like for African Americans living in the Wild West before and after the Civil War.
“I want to generate encouragement and appreciation for African Americans who were able to excel and meet their goals despite the significant battles they underwent,” Carpenter said, “not much unlike many struggles we are still facing today.”
Carpenter’s poems emphasize the journey and contributions of African American cowboys as they attempted to acclimate to freedom, cultivate families and romantic relationships and enjoy the flexibility to pursue a variety of experiences.
Alongside her dedication to African American appreciation, Carpenter hopes to help young women who have been removed from their foster homes due to their age, becoming unprotected by law. Familiar herself with foster families as a young child going the system, Carpenter’s story provides guidance and encouragement to other young people facing similar situations.
To learn more about Sharon, visit http://www.carpenterpoetry.com.