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Mary Fields aka Stagecoach Mary Kindle Edition
Mary was 6 feet tall, and weighed over 200 pounds, and even with 'those' extraordinary extremes, there were two more facts that made 'her' history. Mary was the second woman in 'history' to carry the U. S. Mail, however, even that was a matter of simplicity, for a fact, she was a Negro Woman, and the only 'Negro', for hundreds and hundreds of miles when she first arrived in Montana.
This feature story covers Mary's colorful life, from the plantation where she was born a slave in 1832, to the famous Steamboat race between the "Robert E. Lee" and the "Natchez" on the Mississippi River, to her death in Cascade, Montana, 1914.
Stagecoach Mary was a cigar smoking, shotgun and pistol toting Negro Woman, who even frequented saloons drinking whiskey with the men, a privilege only given to 'her', as a woman. However, not even this fact, sealed the credentials given to her, her credentials boasted that, 'she could knock out any man with one punch', who stepped upon her womanhood, a claim she proved true.
Erich Hicks, founder of Alpha Wolf Productions Inc., is an acclaimed Special Effects Coordinator, Producer and Writer, with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. The company is an independent production outlet that develops, writes, and produces feature film and television content. Historically, Erich is the first African-American/Black to receive a Special Effects Pyrotechnic Operator's 1st class Master's License in the Motion Picture Industry. Thus, he is expertly qualified to produce and direct action sequences, stunts and explosions to achieve a realistic scene.
As a writer, Erich's first novel, Rescue at Pine Ridge, released in December 2008. The novel is a historical narrative, depicting the all-Black 9th Calvary. Known as the US military's famed 'Buffalo Soldiers', which helped settle the American West in the late 1800's. Erich has completed an accompanying screenplay for a TV mini-series, Trilogy, and Epic Feature, and has garnered support from some of HOLLYWOOD'S acclaimed Industry Producers/Directors/and Actors. Dedicated to exploring the history of African-Americans/Blacks and shattering stereotypes, his Alpha Wolf Productions, Inc. has also developed a feature film documentary, Soul on a Wave which exposes the life and times of surfers of color.
Please visit the webpage for more information at: alphawolfprods.com and for a comprehensive resume at imdb.com/name/nm0902436
Keywords: Mary Fields, Mail, African American, Black History, Montana, Stagecoach, Outlaws, Cowboys, Postal System, Historical, 1914, 1832
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- ASIN : B01CRTMXQA
- Publisher : First Edition Design Publishing (9 March 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 2888 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,106,241 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I wanted to read a factual book about Mary Fields, though this said, I was accepting that the story was 'coloured in' in places for entertainment purposes. If I had only realised the way in which this book was written, I would have selected a different book on Mary Fields as it simply wasn't the nicest read if I'm honest.
If the author was to re-write this book for the purpose of a 'reading book' as opposed to a film then I think it would be a very good book.
The book has a number of photos and illustrations from her life and times. Despite her being a black woman, the town (Cascade, Montana), where she later lived--and others elsewhere--respected her, and there are clippings from the newspapers when she died and the town turned out for her funeral. Of course, she did run into a lot of prejudice; the N word was especially popular back then..., but she stood her ground: "Do ya wanta' meet your 'maker' now...or later when he's a callin' for ya?"
Highly recommended because of the history and because this woman should never be forgotten.
Note: The author has done a lot of research--read more at the end of the book--but it could have used more editing. There were a number of misspellings--one word was spelled two different ways--and commas were scattered like snowflakes.
This book is perfect material for a film that highlights the contributions, excitement and history of African American women and their place in the pantheon of stories about "The Wild West." Filled with the flavor of how people spoke during that time period and their reactions to being in the presence of a lone Black woman in a part of America (Montana) we don't often hear much about was a joy to read. The historic photos and documents are priceless!
Eric Hicks clearly shows in his book that this project was a labor of love. In 2015, Mary Fields was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.
I'd like to think the years of hard research conducted by Eric is partly responsible for her rightful place in the history of the Western frontier.
This book is Historical fiction at its best! Now somebody option this book and make that movie!!!