Bad News for Outlaws by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal (Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades) (Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux)

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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 U.S. 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.

About Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

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Nelson is a children's librarian. R. GREGORY CHRISTIE is a three-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor and has been twice recognized on The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books list. He currently paints in the evenings while traveling around the country doing school visits.
Published November 1, 2013 by Carolrhoda Books. 52 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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He rode tall in the saddle and excelled at riding, shooting, tracking and every other skill required of a man representing the law in the vast and often lawless American frontier known as Indian Territory in the late 1800s.

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With lively language and anecdotes, Nelson (Juneteenth ) chronicles the life of African-American lawman Bass Reeves in a biography that elevates him to folk hero.

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Bass Reeves is presented as an honorable man, but violence and racism inform much of his life story.

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