Bad News for Outlaws

The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal

By Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux

Publishers Summary:
Sitting tall in the saddle, with a wide-brimmed black hat and twin Colt pistols on his belt, Bass Reeves seemed bigger than life. As a U.S. Marshal - and former slave who escaped to freedom in the Indian Territories - Bass 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 whites who didn't like the notion of a black lawman. 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 crach shot and a quick draw, he only killed fourteen men in the line of duty. Bad News for Outlaws reveals the story of a remarkable African American hero of the Old West.

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ISBN
978-0-82256-764-6
Publisher
Carolrhoda


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Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on November 1, 2009

Bass Reeves's life is the stuff from which legends are made. Born a slave, he escaped to Indian Territory (now known as Oklahoma), captured over three thousand men and women as a deputy U.S. marshal, and spent his few years of retirement on a small-town police force. Reeves, as a fellow sharpshooter once said, "could shoot the left hind leg off a contented fly sitting on a mule's ear at a hundred yards and never ruffle a hair," and was a man of such honor tha...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Starred Review on April 1, 2010

Bass Reeves, born a slave, captured over three thousand outlaws as a deputy U.S. marshal. This captivating biography is told in language as colo...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on November 1, 2009

- Bass Reeves's strong moral code and his successful rise from slavery to a respected position as a U.S. marshal make him an admirable and heroic figure. - The remarkable life story of this nearly forgotten African American hero may help readers develop a more accurate picture of the diversity of the Old West. - Kids will lo...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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