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Jesse James : last rebel of the Civil War

Author: T J Stiles
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Stripped of the familiar myths surrounding him, [in this book, Jesse] James emerges a far more significant figure: ruthless, purposeful, intensely political; a man who, in the midst of his crimes and notoriety, made himself a spokesman for the renewal of the Confederate cause during the bitter decade that followed Appomattox ... account of his life, he emerges as far more complicated. Raised in a fiercely  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Stiles, T. J.
Jesse James.
New York : A.A. Knopf, 2002
(OCoLC)606904388
Online version:
Stiles, T. J.
Jesse James.
New York : A.A. Knopf, 2002
(OCoLC)607775946
Named Person: Jesse James; Jesse James; Jesse James; Jesse James
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: T J Stiles
ISBN: 0375405836 9780375405839
OCLC Number: 49276679
Description: xiii, 510 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Pt. 1: Zion, 1842-1860. The preacher ; The widow ; The slaves --
Pt. 2: Fire, 1861-1865. Rebels ; Neighbors ; Terror ; Horror ; Exile --
Pt. 3: Defiance, 1865-1876. A year of bitterness ; The guerrillas return ; The death of Captain Sheets ; The chivalry of crime ; Invisible empires ; Allies and enemies ; The persistence of civil war ; Ambition ; Anabasis --
Pt. 4: Fate, 1876-1882. Resurrection ; Assassins ; Apotheosis.
Responsibility: T.J. Stiles.
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Stripped of the familiar myths surrounding him, [in this book, Jesse] James emerges a far more significant figure: ruthless, purposeful, intensely political; a man who, in the midst of his crimes and notoriety, made himself a spokesman for the renewal of the Confederate cause during the bitter decade that followed Appomattox ... account of his life, he emerges as far more complicated. Raised in a fiercely pro-slavery atmosphere in bitterly divided Missouri, he began at sixteen to fight alongside some of the most savage Confederate guerrillas. When the Civil War ended, his violent path led him into the brutal conflicts of Reconstruction. [The reader] follow[s] James as he places himself squarely in the forefront of the former Confederates' bid to capture political power with his reckless daring, his visibility, his partisan pronouncements, and his alliance with a rising ex-Confederate editor, John Newman Edwards, who helped shape James's image for their common purpose. In uniting violence and the news media on behalf of a political cause, James was hardly the quaint figure of legend. Rather, as his life played out across the racial divide, the rise of the Klan, and the expansion of the railroads, he was a forerunner of what we have come to call a terrorist. -Dust jacket.

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