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The Journal of Joshua Loper: A Black Cowboy is a historical fiction book by Walter Dean Myers for My Name Is America. It is the third book in the series. The book was published by Scholastic in April 1999. It was followed by The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins, also written by Myers.


"To Pamela Jones, who loves cowboys and children"

Book description[]

"May 4, 1871
I am getting more and more excited and Mama is getting more and more down in the mouth about me going on the drive. Last year when I saw the guys leaving for Kansas, I dreamed I was going with them, my hat pulled down low over my eyes and my wipe tied loose around my neck. Mama talked about farming and how good it was. I allowed how it was good, but what I dreamed about was being a cowboy.



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of The Journal of Joshua Loper characters


Main article: Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers was a children's and young adult author. He wrote over hundred books, including Fallen Angels and Monster. Myers wrote three books in the My Name Is America series, including The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins and The Journal of Biddy Owens.



  • Narrator: Unknown
  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • Published: 1999
  • No. of cassettes/discs: 3
  • ISBN: 0439062519[2]
  • Note: Published as a part of Scholastic's READ 180 program.[3]


"The author would like to thank Dr. James Hoy of Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, and Bertha Calloway at the Great Plains Black Museum for their assistance in preparing this book. And, of course, Amy Griffin, my editor."


  • The portrait on the cover is a photograph of Fondy Warton from the Paul Stewart Collection. The background is a detail of Frank Tenney Johnson's painting Riders of the Dawn.[4][5]


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