Jesse James: Legendary Outlaw

Jesse James: Legendary Outlaw

by Roger A. Bruns
     
 
Robbing banks and stagecoaches in the early years of the American West, Jesse James became a legendary figure. From his childhood in Missouri, through his years as a Confederate guerrilla fighter, to his notorious career as an outlaw, this book traces the development of the myths that surround Jesse James and his gang to this day.

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Robbing banks and stagecoaches in the early years of the American West, Jesse James became a legendary figure. From his childhood in Missouri, through his years as a Confederate guerrilla fighter, to his notorious career as an outlaw, this book traces the development of the myths that surround Jesse James and his gang to this day.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-This evenhanded and compelling account gives due attention to James's life and legend. Bruns never glorifies the man's criminal acts, though he points out that many others have done so. Carefully explaining how the political atmosphere of the 1850s, particularly in Kansas and Missouri, gave rise to radical acts among pro- and anti-slavery factions, the author shows how violence can be accepted in certain climates and manipulated for personal benefit. The book is heavily footnoted, thus providing not only avenues for further research, but also a more authoritative tone than many biographies for this age group. Even so, the scholarship does not impede the flow of the narrative or the clear analysis of events, and many students will undoubtedly read the book for the story alone, without ever looking at the documentation. The final two chapters focus almost entirely on the legend and its embellishment in popular culture, including a brief account of the 1995 testing that confirmed that the body in James's coffin really is his (and, by extension, that the numerous claimants to have been him after 1882 were fraudulent). The illustrative material includes black-and-white maps, photographs, reproductions of pertinent dime-novel covers, and period drawings. A clear and lively addition.-Coop Renner, Coldwell Elementary-Intermediate School, El Paso, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766010550
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Series:
Historical American Biographies Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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