Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal

Carolrhoda Books
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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 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 the lawless Indian Territories, he chose Bass to be a Deputy US 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 only killed 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.
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About the author

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson is the author of The Book Itch, as well as three Coretta Scott King Award-winning books: No Crystal Stair, Bad News for Outlaws, and Almost to Freedom. She is a youth services librarian in New Mexico.

R. Gregory Christie's illustrations have earned him five Coretta Scott King Honors and two spots on the New York Times' annual Best Illustrated Children's Books lists. He lives in Georgia.

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Publisher
Carolrhoda Books
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Published on
Aug 1, 2009
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Pages
40
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ISBN
9780761357124
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage
Juvenile Nonfiction / History / United States / 19th Century
Juvenile Nonfiction / People & Places / United States / African American
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