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Title:
Jesse James : legendary outlaw
Author:
Bruns, Roger.
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Publication Information:
Springfield, NJ : Enslow Publishers, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Traces the life of the renowned bandit, from his childhood in Missouri, through his years as guerilla fighter and outlaw, exploring the development of his legend and the romanticization of his illegal deeds.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.6 3.0 21114.
ISBN:
9780766010550
Format :
Book

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Traces the life of the renowned bandit, from his childhood in Missouri, through his years as guerrilla fighter and outlaw, exploring the development of his legend and the romanticization of his illegal deeds.


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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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.