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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Ruth Pelz's book, illustrated by Leandro DelIa Piana, is written for elementary school children. Among the nine black heroes and heroines profiled are three women. They include the rough and tough "Stagecoach Mary Fields, the brave Biddy Mason, and the hard working Clara Brown." The men are the early explorer, Estevan; Chicago founder Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable; one of Washington State's founders, George Washington Bush; and mountain man James Beckwourth. Businessman and government leader Mifflin Gibbs and rodeo star Bill Pickett round out those featured. Some are more well-known than others, but all were important figures in the West.
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