Jesse Woodson James: An American Rebel
Legends never die. They live on forever through the stories and tales told about their lives. These tales have told us about many people including the infamous western outlaw Jesse James. Jesse James was a rebellious bank and train robber following the years after the Civil War. He rode with a group of outlaws called the James-Younger Gang, which included his brother Frank and two cousins, Cole and Jim Younger. There were many robberies and murders that Jesse had committed through his life. So let?s saddle up and get on with the tale.
Jesse Woodson James was born in Kearney, Missouri on September 5, 1847 (?Jesse James: Outlaw?). His father, the Rev. Robert James, was a Baptist minister who helped found William Jewel College in Liberty, Missouri. His mothers name was Zerelda James. Through James?s life, he had several father figures, but little guidance from his own father. His mother had remarried twice by the time James was eight. He has two step-brothers, two step-sisters, and two natural brothers (?Biography of Jesse James?).
Some people say it was the cruel treatment from Union Soldiers that turned
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