Monday, January 01, 2007

The Legend of Bass Reeves

Gary Paulsen has taken a relatively unknown character from the annals of wild west history and introduced his readers to a fantastic person. Reeves was born a slave and was raised by his Mammy on an isolated Texas ranch. After fleeing for his life, he spends much time hiding in Indian Territory (22 years with the Creek Indians) because he is an escaped slave. After the Emancipation Proclamation, Bass goes to Arkansas to become a rancher. Finally in the later years of his life, he is appointed a federal deputy marshal for the Indian Territory. Paulsen portrays this man as the honest, hardworking hero he was.

What a great introduction to a little known Western Hero.

Read more information about Bass Reeves:

Old West Legends

The Manhunter
Bass Reeves Obituary
Picture of Bass Reeves

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