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Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War

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In this brilliant biography T. J. Stiles offers a new understanding of the legendary outlaw Jesse James. Although he has often been portrayed as a Robin Hood of the old west, in this ground-breaking work Stiles places James within the context of the bloody conflicts of the Civil War to reveal a much more complicated and significant figure.

Raised in a fiercely pro-slavery household in bitterly divided Misssouri, at age sixteen James became a bushwhacker, one of the savage Confederate guerrillas that terrorized the border states. After the end of the war, James continued his campaign of robbery and murder into the brutal era of reconstruction, when his reckless daring, his partisan pronouncements, and his alliance with the sympathetic editor John Newman Edwards placed him squarely at the forefront of the former Confederates’ bid to recapture political power. With meticulous research and vivid accounts of the dramatic adventures of the famous gunman, T. J. Stiles shows how he resembles not the apolitical hero of legend, but rather a figure ready to use violence to command attention for a political cause—in many ways, a forerunner of the modern terrorist.

About the Author

A native of rural Benton County, Minnesota, T.J. Stiles studied history at Carleton College and Columbia University, where he received two graduate degrees. His writings about American history include articles in Smithsonian, essays in the Los Angeles Times and the Denver Post, and a five-volume series of primary-source anthologies. He lives in New York. For more information on T. J. Stiles and Jesse James see www.tjstiles.com.

Table of Contents

Zion, 1842-1860: Preacher; Widow; Slaves — Fire, 1861-1865: Rebels; Neighbors; Terror; Horror; Exile — Defiance, 1865-1876: A year of bitterness; Guerrillas return; Death of Captain Sheets; Chivalry of crime; Invisible empires; Allies and enemies; Persistence of civil war; Ambition; Anabasis — Fate, 1876-1882: Resurrection; Assassins; Apotheosis.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307773371
Subtitle:
Last Rebel of the Civil War
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Author:
Stiles, T. J.
Author:
T. J. Stiles
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Historical - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Political
Subject:
History : United States - General
Subject:
Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
History
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
James, Jesse
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Americana-Fame and Infamy
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20031028
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
544

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Biography » General
Biography » Historical
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History and Social Science » Military » Civil War » General
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » US History » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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