Holt and the Cowboys
By Jim McCafferty, Illustrated by Florence S. Davis
It’s not easy learning how to be a cowboy. The long hot days, the uncomfortable saddles, and the belligerent strays can take their toll on a ranch hand. Many a strong-willed man has headed home with his hat in his hand after the first rigorous month, but not the legendary Holt Collier. After the Civil War, this son of a Mississippi slave learned he had to break in the horses and break down the prejudices that stood in the way of his becoming a real Texas ranch rider.