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Author Stiles, T. J.

Title Jesse James : last rebel of the Civil War / T.J. Stiles.

Imprint New York : A.A. Knopf, 2002.

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Location Call No. Status OPAC Message Public Note Gift Note
 Moore Stacks  F594.J27 S76 2002    Available  ---
Description xiii, 510 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 473-489) and index.
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.
Summary 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.
Subject James, Jesse, 1847-1882.
Outlaws -- West (U.S.) -- Biography.
West (U.S.) -- Biography.
Guerrillas -- Confederate States of America -- Biography.
Missouri -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Underground movements.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Underground movements.
Slavery -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
ISBN 0375405836 (alk. paper)