Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal

by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

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    • Grades: 4 - 6
    • Ages: 9 - 12
    Awards:
    Coretta Scott King Author Award ; Caldecott Artist
    • Format: Paperback Book
      Paperback Book
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Once a slave, this legendary U.S. Marshal stuck fear in hearts of gunslingers, rustlers, and bank robbers…and always got his man!
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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. As a U.S. Marshal and former slave who escaped to freedom in the Indian Territories, Bass was cunning and fearless.

When a lawbreaker heard Bass Reeves had his warrant, he knew it was the end of the trail, because Bass would track him down and bring him to justice—dead or alive. And he achieved all this in spite of whites who didn't like the notion of a black lawman.

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 14 men in the line of duty. Bad News for Outlaws reveals the story of a remarkable African American hero of the Old West.

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    • Grades: 4 - 6
    • Ages: 9 - 12
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 48 pages
  • Dimensions: 8 1/4" x 10 1/2"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-545-34255-1