Posted in Musings and Reflections

Wagon Tongue by Elmer Kelton

I like Westerns.

I like audiobooks.

I like Western audiobooks.

For Black History Month, I’ve been listening to Wagon Tongue by Elmer Kelton. The main character is Isaac Jefford, a former slave who is his former master’s right hand man, but he still has to navigate the blatant discrimination of the era.

“The life of a Texas cowboy is tough–especially if he is a black man like Isaac Jefford. Though he is the best at what he does, Isaac is careful not to step “over the line”–until his boss hires a vicious Southerner filled with a burning hatred. Now the time for crossing the line has come.

Take a listen to discover the significance of the book title as well as how Isaac survives and even triumphs in the end.

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