Jesse James

Jesse James

Length: 609 words (1.7 double-spaced pages)

Rating: Excellent

Open Document

Essay Preview

More ↓
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. He took a bullet through one of his lungs. He was nursed back to health and within a year, Frank and Jesse are believed to have pulled off the first daylight bank robbery during peacetime. They made off with $60,000 from the Liberty, Mo. bank and one man was killed. For the next 15 years, the James boys roamed throughout the U.S. robbing trains and banks of their gold, building a legend that was to live more than a century after Jesse's death. Jesse married his own first cousin after a nine-year courtship. She was named for his own mother, Zerelda. They had two children, Jesse Edwards and Mary.
Frank and Jesse had talked about forming a gang with Cole Younger, but Jesse was not with them when they committed their first robbery in February of 1866. Jesse joined in October. It wasn’t until March 1867 that they pulled their first job together. They tried to rob a bank at Savannah. All three aimed at the bank president, but all were bad shots and only one bullet barely touched him. This job was not successful. Two months later a man and his fifteen-year-old son were found dead and the blame was placed on Jesse. He was very attached to his mother and usually hid out at her house after pulling a job.
The Pinkerton Detective Agency was called in to help catch the James/ Younger Gang. During a nighttime raid on the family home a firebomb was tossed into the log cabin. The explosion tore off the hand of Jesse's mother, and killed his half- brother. One of their most famous rides was in September of 1876. Jesses gang tried to take the Northfield, Minn. Bank. The town people fired at them and all except for Frank and Jesse were killed, wounded or captured.

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"Jesse James." 07 Apr 2020

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

Essay about Jesse James' Life of Crime

- Born on September 5, 1847 in Clay County, Missouri was probably the most famous criminal in all of America Jesse James. Jesse was the highlight when it came to criminology and still is his name comes up and anyone can tell you who he is in America. His life of crime began not at a young age but later on during his campaign in the civil war as a confederate soldier. Jesse and what he then started as his gang would capture unarmed Union Soldiers and put them through cruel torture sessions, but they would usually capture them and kill them without orders of their commanding officers and scalping them like game....   [tags: notorious outlaws in American history]

Research Papers
549 words (1.6 pages)

Jesse James: Not Your Everyday Robin Hood Essay

- The Wild West consisted of many men, women, and children, but only one made the biggest impact. He was not your everyday Robin Hood. In fact, he was known for being ruthless and vicious. He was a real life outlaw and bandit. He was known for bank robbing, train robbing, and killing people who got in his way. He was Jesse Woodson James and he made his mark on the Wild West until his death in 1882, above all, he remains famous after over 100 years in American history. First of all, Jesse James began his life on September 5, 1847....   [tags: Biography]

Research Papers
1177 words (3.4 pages)

Essay on Jesse James Rides Again

- 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, 1847 in Western Missouri....   [tags: Biography]

Free Essays
1440 words (4.1 pages)

Death of Jesse James Essay

- 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 staring at the ceiling....   [tags: American History]

Free Essays
1278 words (3.7 pages)

Jesse James Essay

- 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....   [tags: Biography]

Research Papers
1548 words (4.4 pages)

Essay on Jesse James, The Most Influential Criminal in Old Western History

- ... This event is the reason why he is famous. If Jesse had not turned to a life of crime he wouldn’t be famous at all. The whole legend started with this very event. This is by far the most important event besides his birth. This is one of the most interesting stories ever told. One who is praised for negative activity. Murder, Theft, and many crimes are talked about in a positive “light”. Society is very backwards when it comes to Jesse James his gang and many other outlaws of that time. Why, it boggles my mind every time it comes to my mind....   [tags: infamous, murderer, gang]

Research Papers
1153 words (3.3 pages)

Essay about Analysis of T.J. Stiles´ Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War

- In the biography, “Jessie James: Last Rebel of the Civil War,” written by T.J. Stiles was about a man named Jesse James who spent most of his life participating in criminal activity. He was born on September 5th, 1847 and was a criminal of the Old West along with his brother, Frank James. The James brothers served in the Confederate Army before creating their gang called “The James-Younger Gang” which symbolized them as bank and train robbers. As time went on, more people were added to this gang including a man named Robert Ford who killed Jesse in 1882....   [tags: robbers, crime, legend, old west]

Research Papers
608 words (1.7 pages)

The Case Of Jesse James Who Was Arrested For The Killing Of A Police Officer

- In the case of Jesse James who was arrested for the killing of a police officer there are a number of hearings he would have to go through before his case actually goes to court. The first thing that would happen would be that he gets changed with murder or the killing of the police officer. Then there will be an initial hearing which is the first time the defendant comes before the Court (Judge) ( n.d.). At this hearing the judge is responsible for making sure that the defendant understands his constitutional rights, as well as what kind of penalties he will be facing for his crime....   [tags: Jury, United States Constitution, Court, Trial]

Research Papers
1038 words (3 pages)

Jesse Owens Biography Essay

- Jesse Owens Run fast, jump far, make a difference. Many athletes give 100%, but Jesse Owens went above and beyond. He was known as the “Buckeye Bullet” because of his sprinting, hurdling, and long-jumping abilities. Jesse Owens was one of the many people that changed views on African Americans in the world of sports. He was influenced in his early life and influential in his sports career and life after the Olympics. Jesse Owens was born on September 12, 1913. He was the tenth and youngest child....   [tags: Olympic Runner, Buckeye Bullet, African American]

Research Papers
981 words (2.8 pages)

Essay about Jesse Owens

- Jesse Owens James Cleveland Owens was born in 1913 in a small town in Alabama to Henry and Emma Owens. When J.C. was eight, his parents decided to move the family to Cleveland, Ohio because Jesse’s pnemonia was worsening, and their sharecropper wanted more of their money. They did not have much money, and J.C.'s father was hoping to find a better job. When they arrived in Cleveland, J.C. was enrolled in a public school. On his first day of class when the teacher asked his name, she heard Jesse, instead of J.C....   [tags: essays research papers]

Research Papers
1188 words (3.4 pages)

Related Searches

In the winter of 1882 Jesse wanted to buy a small farm in Nebraska, but in April he did not have enough money. The rest of his gang was either dead or in prison so he turned to Bob and Charlie Ford. The Ford brothers help rob the Platte City bank. Bob and Charlie turned on Jesse because of the $10,000 reward on Jesse’s life. While Jesse stood on a chair in the family home, to straighten a picture, the Fords drew their guns. It was Bob Ford who put the bullet into the back of his head on April 3, 1882. The Ford brothers attempted to collect the reward. Instead, they were charged with murder. They were sentenced to hang, but were pardoned by the Governor. Two years later Charles Ford committed suicide and Bob Ford was himself killed in a bar fight in 1892.
The Long Riders, does not display good historical accuracy. For instance, when the Pinkerton's throw the bomb into the James; home, it comes through the front window and not the back door. Archie, the half-brother, is seen as a simple-minded teenager, instead of a normal nine-year-old boy. Frank did not surrender to the authorities in order to bury Jesse, but actually held out for several months.
Return to