Jesse James Was My Neighbor by Homer Croy

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Born in 1883, the year after Jesse James was killed by Bob Ford and buried in his mother’s backyard, Homer Croy grew up near the James farm in northwest Missouri. He talked with many old-timers who knew Jesse and Frank James and their remarkable mother, Zerelda. Eyewitness accounts (sometimes humorous) and Croy’s familiarity with the milieu that produced the outlaw brothers enrich Jesse James Was My Neighbor. Jesse read the Bible before he went out to rob a bank or train (Frank preferred Shakespeare), and he was honest except for those raids, according to Croy. The author follows the James boys, documenting their criminal activities and their human side while sorting out the growing legend. He adds a necrology of the twenty-eight bandits who rode with the James gang at one time or another.
 

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Humorist and writer Homer Croy covered an endless variety of western subjects for radio and in magazines, books, and film. Richard E. Meyer is a professor of English and folklore at Western Oregon State College. His books include Cemeteries and Gravemarkers: Voices of American Culture.
 
Published May 1, 1997 by University of Nebraska Press. 315 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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The story of Jesse James who did so much in his short life- he was only 35 when he was betrayed- that he has become a legendary figure.

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The author grew up in that part of Missouri from which the James' boys came, and this is an authentic biography, set against the bloody struggle between Kansas and Missouri, the Civil War- and the war's aftermath when the James and the Youngers launched their careers as bank and train robbers.

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The classic 1949 history of the James brothers, containing many interviews with the people who knew them firsthand. (May)

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The classic 1949 history of the James brothers, containing many interviews with the people who knew them firsthand. (May)

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