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Jesse James wrap up: Repackaging Jesse (Part 6)

“Jesse he has gone down To the Old Man’s town, Intending to do as he pleased; But he will rebel In the City of Hell, And maybe put old Satan to his knees.” — From a ballad sent by Mrs. […]

Jesse James wrap up: Repackaging Jesse (Part 6)

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“Jesse he has gone down To the Old Man’s town, Intending to do as he pleased; But he will rebel In the City of Hell, And maybe put old Satan to his knees.” — From a ballad sent by Mrs. […]

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Jesse James at the movies (Part 5)

Photo above:  Robert Ford (John Ireland) shoots Jesse in the 1949 I Shot Jesse James. “Thanks to Hollywood, the historic Jesse James has all but disappeared.”  — J. Dennis Robinson’s

Jesse James: Outlaws become legends, how myths are made (Part 4)

“Jesse James is the only American bandit who is classical, who is to this country what Robin Hood or Dick Turpin is to England, whose exploits are so close

Jesse James: An education in violence (Part 3)

“It was sort of like growing up in some parts of Iraq today.” — Ted P. Yeatman, author of Frank and Jesse James (2000), on what it was like to

Jesse James: Dad and especially mom (Part 2)

“She like all the best people came from Kentucky.” From “Zerelda” by Paulette Jiles, The Jesse James Poems (1988) “She towers over everything she stands beside. She knocks the world awry.” — Zerelda

Jesse James: Unpacking the man and the myth (Part 1)

Photo above: Author on front porch of James farmhouse. Photo by Ray Petersen. Part l:    VISITING JESSE JAMES’ FARM “To travel is to make contact with certain places that evoke our own

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