primary sources

The Blacks in Oklahoma, Part I

Black Homesteader

I’ve been on a bit of a primary-sources-related-to-Oklahoma spree lately. Haven’t we all, at one time or another?

Many of them are interesting, most are informative, and a few contain information which is simply incorrect, however passionately delivered. There are a handful, though, which are simply a joy to read - repeatedly!

The Death of Captain Waskow

Ernie PyleErnie Pyle (1900-1945) was a journalist specializing in bringing the normal to intimate life through the written word. When World War II began, Pyle became what was then a very odd sort of war correspondent. He went to where the war was, but he wrote about people. Real soldiers, instead of the Captain America types otherwise put forth in the name of patriotism.

He made every mother, sister, wife, or other loved one back home feel like he was writing about their boy – their soldier. He made the lowest grunt feel like he was doing something worth doing in tangible, personal ways. Here’s to the power of the written word.