The Outlaw Youngers : a Confederate brotherhood : a biography

by Brant, Marley.

Format: Print Book 1992
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction E470.45 .B7 1992
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  E470.45 .B7 1992
"This biographical history tells the story of an American family in conflict and four brothers' attempts to regain the prestigious position their family once held. Loaded with never-before-published photos and little-known facts, this probing character study examines the men, the myths, and the legends of the Outlaw Youngers." "The Youngers - Bob, Cole, Jim, and John - tested the boundaries of the violent and turbulent post-Civil War society in which they lived. The author investigates events from the Border and Civil Wars, details of the Youngers' attempts at legitimate ranching in Texas, and the frequent and often brutal murders and robberies. Using never-before-published accounts from Jim and Bob Younger, the author presents a new theory regarding the James-Younger gang and the actual Younger involvement - a theory which opposes the one held for over 100 years. She also offers insights into the Northfield robbery and gives reasons why the Youngers' parole was delayed." "Meticulous research exposes the controversial truth about the Youngers and refutes the folklore that surrounds the infamous outlaw brothers."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Booklist Review: "Cole, Jim, John, and Bob Younger of Missouri didn't fit the stereotypical definition of outlaws caught up in the turbulent post-Civil War society in which they lived. Their grandfather had been a judge, their father a respected public servant. Frank and Jesse James were their cousins, and the Youngers were related by marriage to members of the notorious Dalton Gang. In addition to robbing banks and spending time in jails, they staged Wild West shows and tried ranching in Texas. In song and story they matched Buffalo Bill Cody and Daniel Boone. Brant has brought the gun-blazing brothers to life, and with her lucid prose and sharp insight into the period illuminates the dark and violent corridors of American history. ~--Theresa Ducato"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "First-time author Brant, a Georgia TV writer and producer, claims to have spent more than two decades researching the four Younger brothers--Bob, Cole, Jim and John--ex-Confederate Army guerrillas whose life of crime ended with the famous Northfield, Minn., raid of 1876 in which Bob, Jim and Cole were captured. Affluent, intelligent sons of a respected Missouri family, the foursome were, in Brant's compassionate view, unable to distinguish between wartime and peacetime conduct. She pores over their family tree, and examines the Missouri-Kansas border war's effects on the Youngers. She also traces their involvement with the Frank and Jesse James gang and the lengthy incarcerations of charismatic Cole Younger, who received a pardon in 1903 and died in 1916, and his bookish, brilliant brother Jim, who was paroled in 1901 and committed suicide the following year. Brant's dedication notwithstanding, she proves unable to siftable to sift the significant from the trivial, so that the Younger brothers emerge from her biography as inscrutable as ever. Photos. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Younger, Cole, -- 1844-1916.
Younger, James, -- 1848-1902.
Quantrill, William Clarke, -- 1837-1865.
Guerrillas -- West (U.S.) -- Biography.
Outlaws -- West (U.S.) -- Biography.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Underground movements.
West (U.S.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Underground movements.
Missouri -- Biography.
Publisher Lanham :Madison Books :1992
Distributed by National Book Network,
Language English
Description xv, 368 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0819186279
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