The spirit of adventure travels through these new books.

In The First Migrants: How Black Homesteaders’ Quest for Land and Freedom Heralded America’s Great Migration, Jacob Friefeld charts the course of Black Americans who migrated from the South to the Great Plains in search of land and a measure of freedom that many could not find elsewhere. Records, diaries, letters, and interviews with descendants bring their stories to startling life.

For Will Grant, writing The Last Ride of the Pony Express: My 2,000-mile Horseback Journey into the Old West meant traveling the frontier mail service trail with his two horses Chicken Fry and Badger. Rich with detail and history about this rugged period in time, his book is an unforgettable narrative of the American West.

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