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The last hurrah of the James-Younger gang

by Smith, Robert B. 1933-2017

Format: Print Book 2001
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction F614.N63 S65 2001
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  F614.N63 S65 2001

So small it had only one bank, so quiet no citizens carried guns. Hard-working, peaceful Northfield, Minnesota, was an orderly yet busy mill-town in the heart of prosperous farm country. On a serene autumn Tuesday in 1876, local shopkeepers, farmers, and citizenry went about their normal routines, little realizing that the infamous and deadly James-Younger gang had designs on tiny Northfield.

The experienced robbers planned to target the single bank, which held the hard-earned money of the townsfolk. Jesse and Frank James and the Younger brothers had never experienced defeat.

During a wild gun battle that raged between the outlaws and the bankmen up and down the town?s main street, two unarmed townsfolk were murdered. Northfield?s angered populace fought back. The townspeople killed two members of the James-Younger gang and wounded several more. The remaining bandits fled but were pursued across southwestern Minnesota by a posse that gradually grew to more than a thousand men.

In Last Hurrah of the James-Younger Gang, Robert Barr Smith debunks the James-Younger "Robin Hood" image and shows that the real heroes of the Northfield raid were the ordinary people--the bankers who protected their depositors at their own risk, the townspeople who pitched in to chase the gang from town, and the posse members who pursued and triumphed over the retreating remnants of the gang.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Smith takes on the most famous robbers of all time--Jesse and Frank James and the Younger Gang--and follows them to their Waterloo in the peaceful hamlet of Northfield, Minnesota, where the gang thought they would find easy pickings but instead got picked apart by the heroic citizens. The author provides historical perspective leading up to the North Country disaster, especially concerning the growth of such gangs. Now often forgotten, many of these future Southern bank robbers got their start as a reaction against cruel Union soldiers who, during the Civil War, often swept through their family farms, hanging and shooting innocent residents. After the war, they transferred their enmity to banks that they perceived as repositories for Union wealth, forgetting in the process that that "wealth" was often just the accumulation of the hard-earned paltry wages of many "little men." Soon, however, bank robbing became a way of life, with its concomitant killing of innocent bystanders. This is a well-written and well-pared chronicle. --Allen Weakland"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Younger, Cole, -- 1844-1916.
Younger, James, -- 1848-1902.
James, Frank, -- 1844-1915.
James, Jesse, -- 1847-1882.
Outlaws -- Minnesota -- Northfield -- History -- 19th century.
Gangs -- Minnesota -- Northfield -- History -- 19th century.
Northfield (Minn.) -- History -- 19th century.
Publisher Norman :University of Oklahoma Press,2001
Language English
Description xiv, 252 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [237]-243) and index.
ISBN 0806133538 (hc : alk. paper)
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