The Legend of Bass Reeves: Being the True & Fictional Account of the Most Valiant Marshal in West

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Grades 4 - 8Grades 5 - 10n/a5.835380
Born into slavery, Bass Reeves became the most successful US Marshal of the Wild West.
Many "heroic lawmen" of the Wild West, familiar to us through television and film, were actually violent scoundrels and outlaws themselves. But of all the sheriffs of the frontier, one man stands out as a true hero: Bass Reeves.

He was the most successful Federal Marshal in the US in his day. True to the mythical code of the West, he never drew his gun first. He brought hundreds of fugitives to justice, was shot at countless times, and never hit.

Bass Reeves was a black man, born into slavery. And though the laws of his country enslaved him and his mother, when he became a free man he served the law, with such courage and honor that he became a legend.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published on August 8, 2006 by Wendy Lamb Books
ISBN-10: 038574661X
ISBN-13: 9780385746618
1 Book Review
  • mgivens
    mgivensFriday, September 25, 2015 at 9:52 am
    The Legend of bass Reeves is a heart beating edge of your seat book. In the book it talks about the hardships of not being taken seriously by everyone because you don’t like the people you work with. Bass was born slave one night he couldn’t take it any more so he ran away to my hometown of Muskogee, Oklahoma he there met his wife. He became the first black Deputy Sheriff of Oklahoma. The reason I like this book is because I like historical books. I think you will like the book to I would recommend this book to all ages. So check it out at the 6th and 7th grade center library