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Jesse James Was His Name; or, Fact and Fiction concerning the Careers of the Notorious James Brothers of Missouri

by William A., Jr. Settle

Jesse James Was His Name; or, Fact and Fiction concerning the Careers of the Notorious James Brothers of Missouri Synopsis

Jesse James, said Carl Sandburg, is the only American bandit who is classical, who is to this country what Robin Hood or Dick Turpin is to England, whose exploits are so close to the mythical and apocryphal. For this definitive study no significant source of information concerning Jesse James and his brother Frank has been neglected, and from it emerges resolution of the debated point: Were the Jameses common criminals or gallant Robin Hoods?

Jesse James Was His Name; or, Fact and Fiction concerning the Careers of the Notorious James Brothers of Missouri Press Reviews

It is not an overstatement to say that if the James brothers had not existed they would have been invented, for indeed the legend is primarily a tale untouched by truth. William A. Settle's well-documented volume cuts cleanly through the tangle of folklore, identifies the demonstrable facts and labels the remainder as folklore and legend. Much of the volume deals with the historical setting. . . . Of the multitudes of volumes (not to mention the hundreds of pulps and celluloid monuments) devoted to the James brothers, Settle's is the first which is scholarly throughout. -Journal of American History * Journal of American History *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780803258600
Publication date: 1st June 1977
Author: William A., Jr. Settle
Publisher: Bison Books an imprint of University of Nebraska Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 283 pages
Categories: Biography: historical, political & military, Crime & criminology, History of the Americas, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900,

About William A., Jr. Settle

William A. Settle Jr. is the author of The Dawning: A New Day in the Southwest.

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