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  • Jesse James

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    Jesse James was born in Clay County, Missouri on the Fifth of September 1847. His parents were Zerelda and Robert James. They were hemp farmers that owned six slaves, but most people wouldn’t know that. They only know him as an outlaw. Nevertheless, the name “Jesse James” is one that almost everyone has heard, even though he has been dead for over one hundred years. (Defeat n. pg.) Now, although Jesse James was a traditional outlaw in many respects, his legend perseveres as an icon of American culture

  • Jesse James and Billy the Kid

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    outlaw is “One that is unconventional or rebellious”. Billy the Kid and Jesse James were two notorious outlaws, both icons of the Wild West. Billy the kid, a hard headed criminal with no mercy, a ruthless killer that so many men and women were afraid of became a problem that the law could not put up with. On the other hand Jesse James became an organized crime boss that tried to strike it rich by rebelling against the North. Jesse James also became a large problem to the law. Both men had a story to tell

  • Jesse James

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    Jesse Woodson James was viewed in two ways; a modern Robin Hood and a killer. He was born in Kearney, Missouri on September 5, 1847. Some people say it was the cruel treatment from Union soldiers that turned Frank and Jesse to a life of crime during the Civil War. During the Civil War, at age 15, he joined Quantrill's Raiders, a group of pro-Confederate guerillas. He was part of the Centralia massacre in 1864. He is also known to have been a spy for the rebel army. Jesse was wounded while surrendering

  • Reasons Why was Jesse James Famous

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    figure is Jesse James. Jesse is from the Old Western time period. Jesse is a notorious bank robber. He is viewed by many as the American Robin Hood. There are few who don’t know his name. He is arguably the most known and influential criminal known to Old Western American history. September 5, 1847, in Kearney, Missouri marked the birth of Jesse James. Jesse was brought up by a very renowned farming family. He and his brother Frank received a great education. His father, Robert James, ironically

  • Essay On Jesse James

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    1 June 2, 2014 Jesse James When you think of the Wild West who is the first person that comes to your mind? When you think of daring bank and train robberies in the Wild West, now who comes to your mind? Jesse James was an Ex Confederate who could not get over the loss of the Civil War, so he expressed his pain and anger in other ways. He robbed Union banks, stagecoaches, and even a few trains. Fueled by this anger, Jesse James became a giant thorn in America’s side. Jesse James lived a bloody life

  • Jesse James Biography

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    Jesse James was known as an American outlaw and legendary figure. Jesse and his family were in favor of the south, which caused he and his brother to join a guerreila band. Jesse and his brother were the most feared outlaws of the late 1800's. They were said to have robbed multiple banks and trains and to have killed countless individuals. It was said that Jesse was like Robin Hood; supposedly he took from the rich to give to the poor. Jesse was killed by a friend who became a traitor for the greed

  • Essay On Jesse Woodson James

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    Eagle Success 27 February 2014 Jesse Woodson James: Thief, Gang leader, Folk hero Folk hero, thief, gang leader, and so called “murderer”. Jesse Woodson James fits the description. Jesse in my own eyes is an inspiration. Not because he was a thief or gang leader, but because he had ambition and fought for what he believed. “It taught me to be independant and never wait for someone to hand you something” ( These are some inspiring words spoken by Jesse. The quote basically means to

  • Jesse James Rides Again

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    Jesse James Rides Again! History books say that Jesse Woodson James was killed on April 3, 1882, but others believe differently. (Hall) I believe Jesse James died in 1951 in Grandbury, Texas at the age of 103. Between 1882 and 1948 he went by many different names but mainly went by J. Frank Dalton. From the Civil War to Jesse James supposed death in 1882, Jesse was a major outlaw. After 1882 Jesse led a normal life and had many different professions. Jesse Woodson James was born on September 5

  • Jesse James Essay

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    boy like Jesse James growing up in Missouri. Internal conflicts during the Civil War devastated the state. Missouri, a border state, tried to stay neutral, but it seemed that the people of Missouri held different ideas. Violence broke out between southern sympathizers who wanted to secede and those loyal to the Union. Jesse James, best known as a dangerous and ruthless thief, murdered many innocent people, but many in the deep south continued to regard him as a hero. Some compared James to Robin

  • Death of Jesse James

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    Jesse James was a bank robber that stole from banks and gave to farmers. He had a few years of military experience which gave him the edge of becoming on of the most infamous outlaws that lived. Betrayed by his own friend, Jesse was sent to his grave well before his time was up. On Monday April 3, 1882, before the sun had risen, Jesse James laid in his bed; with his wife Zee, speechless. Jesse trying to ignore the question of why the Fords are there at their house, he lays there