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. Marshall. 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.
For people who are reading this you should read this book it is very informational.
All the positive qualities he possessed as a boy would come together and make him one of the most feared and respected U.S. Deputy marshals in history.
The judge hired 200 deputy marshals to track down outlaws, and Bass Reeves was one of the marshals.
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During Black History month this is going to be our book we will read in our school library
Plus the book is AR so your students can take a test on the... Read more
THIS is where Clint Eastwood stole his character from for his "spaghetti westerns"..and Bass Reeves was even more remarkable than any of the Eastwood movies could portray;Published 4 months ago by kwabena sankofa
There's been so much said already about this book. I just want to add that this might be a strong addition to a unit of study about this time period (mid to late 1800s), the Indian... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sunday Cummins
This is a great little book about a very big man that lived in the mid 1850’s. As a black US Marshall Bass Reeves lived a remarkable and dangerous life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sid Peck
My children were brought up riding a "Silver" rocking horse, and watching Lone Ranger movies, like I was as well, without realizing the truth. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sally Thomas
I was not aware of the format of this book when I purchased it. I was somewhat disappointed to discover that it is quite short (mostly pictures) and written in a simplified,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael G. Hughes
I loved this book, what a great story and what an amazing man Bass Reeves was. He was the longest serving U. S. Deputy Marshall in Indian Territory. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Barbarino
Thanks Vaunda Micheaux Nelson for exposing me to this information. You inspired to want to actually do the homework assignment. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Munster Mash
The real story of the "Lone Ranger". To bad we Americans can't admit he was BLACK, and a great hero!Published 9 months ago by Alan Burnham