The Real Jesse James

The Real Jesse James

by Bradly Dalton
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The Real Jesse James by Bradly Dalton

This is the story of America's most controversial bandit from his early years in Missouri to his entry in the Civil War and his life afterwards as a husband, father and outlaw.
Jesse James outwited soldiers, lawmen and Pinkerton agents for more than twenty years. In so doing he became a symbol of military injustice and an undefeated Confederacy. The failure to capture Jesse James helped bring down the administration of two Missouri governors and the letters he wrote to newspaper editors made him a national media figure. The trial and acquittal of his brother, Frank James, created a nnational media sensation.
Jesse was a teenager in the pre Civil War violence of Missouri. His family was well respected and prosperous. Jesse's biological father had been a well-known Baptist preacher and religious organizer in rural Missouri who died proselyting to the miners of California. Jesse's stepfather was a doctor and his mother was a woman known for being intelligent, outspoken and strong willed.
Although too young to officially be a soldier, Jesse was unwillingly drawn into the sectional fighting with Kansas and then into the bloody slaughter of the Civil War. Along with his brother Frank, Jesse joined the forces of the Missouri Confederacy. When Union troops took over the Missouri government, the states Confederate soldiers were declared to be guerrillas and outlaws. When the Civil War was over, the "guerrillas" of Missouri were not allowed to surrender since they were never officially recognized as soldiers. Their status as "outlaws" continues. This becomes the crucial element of Jesse's life as he marries and tries to raise a family. Gradually, he transforms into the outlaw that the government regards him as being.
There have been other novels and several movies about Jesse James. They are, without exception, all bad faith efforts that make little attempt to understand the complexities of the times. The Real Jesse James is an original work of historical fiction that has been extremely well researched. The author has a degree in American history and years of experience as a teacher. Jesse James became one of the most controversial and legendary figures in this nation's history; but his real life was more interesting than the legends.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011212291
Publisher: Bradly Dalton
Publication date: 01/17/2011
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 260,476
File size: 439 KB

About the Author

Brad Dalton has degrees in education and history from the Univ of Michigan. He has a daughter, Cate and a son,Colin. He currently lives in Norfolk , Virginia

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The Real Jesse James 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
TraumaNurseGA More than 1 year ago
An excellent historical account if the life of Jesse James. It kept me interested to the very end.
lovetoread48MA More than 1 year ago
If you love history and Jesse James, this is the book for you. I loved this book. It is captivating and I couldn't put it down. I felt I knew Jesse and why he did the things he did after reading this book. You really get a feel for that period in Civil War history and how it related to the life of Jesse James. Definitely recommend reading.
Angela Jarvis More than 1 year ago
I like actual accounts of famous or should i say infamous historical heroes and think the author did a fine job telling Jesse's story.....
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Well written. I did enjoy it and found out some information that I wasn't aware of. I was surpirsed I enjoyed it so much. thank you.
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I had trouble at first because this is written from the perspective of an outlaw and murderer. I don't like to think in terms of justifying killing. I liked the history of the times however and started to change what I thought of it as I read. I still haven't decided what I think of Jesse James but I liked the book. He was an unusual man living in violent times I quess I can agree to that much.
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great read!!!awsome,couldnt put down
Martha Suderman More than 1 year ago
Well worth the read.
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Sleepydude More than 1 year ago
It grabs you from the beginning to end! Alot of time staying up late because I couldn't set it down!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After watching a movie about Jesse James, I decided to find out the "real" story. The book was very interesting and informative, especially about the Civil War and the years following, but I have to question some of the details of the account. How would the author know details of the more personal kind? (i.e., where did he get the information about Jesse and Zee's first sexual encounter? Their thoughts and feelings afterward?) So while I enjoyed the book, it felt like part truth and part novel.