Milwaukee, Wis. (PRWEB) May 10, 2014
History lessons about the Civil War often include discussions of slavery, states’ rights and now – cowboys.
In her new book, “Western Cowboy Poetry,” Sharon Carpenter provides insight into what life might have been like for African Americans living in the Wild West before and after the Civil War.
“I want to generate encouragement and appreciation for African Americans who were able to excel and meet their goals despite the significant battles they underwent,” Carpenter said, “not much unlike many struggles we are still facing today.”
Carpenter’s poems emphasize the journey and contributions of African American cowboys as they attempted to acclimate to freedom, cultivate families and romantic relationships and enjoy the flexibility to pursue a variety of experiences.
Alongside her dedication to African American appreciation, Carpenter hopes to help young women who have been removed from their foster homes due to their age, becoming unprotected by law. Familiar herself with foster families as a young child going the system, Carpenter’s story provides guidance and encouragement to other young people facing similar situations.
To learn more about Sharon, visit http://www.carpenterpoetry.com.
“Western Cowboy Poetry“
By: Sharon Carpenter
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iUniverse online bookstores.
Also available in audio book format.
About the author
Raised in Connecticut as a foster child, Sharon Carpenter relocated to Alabama where she graduated from Jacksonville State University. After moving to Georgia for work, Carpenter began writing and performing poetry as a way of cultivating relationships and learning about Georgia’s culture. Her works were well received and, with encouragement from her oldest daughter, Carpenter published her first book of cowboy poetry. She currently resides in Wisconsin with her husband and youngest daughter.
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