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The Life and Adventures of Nat Love (1854-1921)
"Deadwood Dick"

The three chapters presented on our website were adapted from the full electronic edition version of this book, which includes scans of its original illustrations, and may be found here

 
  • CHAPTER I: SLAVERY DAYS. THE OLD PLANTATION. MY EARLY FORAGING. THE STOLEN DEMIJOHN. MY FIRST DRINK. THE CURSE OF SLAVERY.  In the first chapter of his autobiography, Nat Love tells us of his early days as a slave.   The events described therein take place before the Civil War, and Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.  The chapter concludes with a troubling endorsement, in which Love tells the reader to "Go and see the play of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," and you will see the black man's life as I saw it when a child."
     
  • CHAPTER VI: THE WORLD IS BEFORE ME. I JOIN THE TEXAS COWBOYS. RED RIVER DICK. MY FIRST OUTFIT. MY FIRST INDIAN FIGHT. I LEARN TO USE MY GUN. At the start of the sixth chapter, a 15 year-old Nat Love tells the reader "I had full confidence in myself as being able to take care of myself and making my way."   He concludes the chapter by saying, "I gloried in the danger, and the wild and free life of the plains, the new country I was continually traversing, and the many new scenes and incidents continually arising in the life of a rough rider."  We have chosen to include this chapter because it represents Nat Love's "rebirth" into a world where he could be who he wanted to be, and realize his full potential.
     
  • CHAPTER XXII: A FEW REMINISCENCES OF THE RANGE. SOME MEN I HAVE MET. BUFFALO BILL. THE JAMES BROTHERS. YELLOWSTONE KELLEY. THE MURDER
    OF BUCK CANNON BY BILL WOODS. THE SUICIDE OF JACK ZIMICK. It is only fitting that we end our brief presentation of Nat Love's autobiography with the actual last chapter of the book.  Nat Love recalls meeting famous individuals such as Buffalo Bill, Kit Carson, Billie (sic) the Kid and Jesse James, giving the reader his personal impression of who they were.  It is easy to understand the nostalgic tone of a man who has truly lived, and near the conclusion of his book,  an ageing Nat Love tells the reader,  "As I stop to ponder over the days of old so full of adventure and excitement, health and happiness, love and sorrow, isn't it a wonder that some of us are alive to tell the tale. One moment we are rejoicing that we are alive; the next we are so near the jaws of death that it seems it would be almost a miracle that our lives be saved."


Excerpts from the electronic edition of The Life and Adventures of Nat Love Better Known in the Cattle Country as "Deadwood Dick" by Himself; a True History of  Slavery Days, Life on the Great Cattle Ranges and on the Plains of the "Wild and Woolly" West, Based on Facts, and Personal Experiences of the Author, are the property of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The full electronic edition, which also includes original illustrations of this text may be viewed here. All other text and graphics on this website are 2002 http://www.natlove.com Send mail to webmaster@natlove.com
Last modified: October 18, 2002