Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal
- Brief Synopsis:
- Bass Reeves seemed bigger than life. As a deputy U.S. Marshal--and former slave who escaped to freedom in the Indian Territories--Bass was cunning and fearless. This title reveals the story of a remarkable African-American hero of the Old West.
- Long Synopsis:
BASS REEVES ...
"One of the bravest men this country has ever known."
"The most feared deputy U.S. Marshal that was ever heard of."
One of the first black deputy U.S. marshals west of the Mississippi.
Sitting tall in the saddle, with a wide-brimmed black hat and twin Colt pistols on his belt, Bass Reeves seemed bigger than life. Outlaws feared him. Law-abiding citizens respected him. As a peace officer, he was cunning and fearless. When a lawbreaker heard Bass Reeves had his warrant, he knew it was the end of the trail, because Bass always got his man, dead or alive. He achieved all this in spite of some whites who didn't like the notion of a black lawman.
Born into slavery in 1838, Bass had a hard and violent life, but he also had a strong sense of right and wrong that others admired. When Judge Isaac Parker tried to bring law and order to lawless Indian Territory, he chose Bass to be a deputy U.S. marshal. Bass would quickly prove a smart choice.
For three decades, Bass was the most feared and respected lawman in the territories. He made more than 3,000 arrests, and though he was a crack shot and a quick draw, he killed only fourteen men in the line of duty. The story of Bass Reeves is the story of a remarkable African American and a remarkable hero of the Old West.
Winner of the Coretta Scott King Medal
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- 42 Pages
- Carolrhoda Books
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- Copyrighted By:
- Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
- Adult content:
- History, Law, Legal Issues and Ethics, Politics and Government, Children's Books, Biographies and Memoirs, Nonfiction, Westerns
- Submitted By:
- Jamie Yates
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