"He never drew first and most often let the other man shoot before he returned fire. He rode alone into hideouts containing a whole gang of fugitives to get his man." This is the story of Bass Reeves. We don't know this name and yet he was "most successful federal marshal in the history of the United States." He was born a slave, but, with tremendous character and strength, he rose to legendary heights.
160 pages 978-0553494297 Ages 10-14
Keywords: biographical fiction, African American, Western, historical fiction, leadership, Wild West, slavery, heroes, Black Lives Matter, diversity, diverse books, freedom, courage, honor, legend, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
********** 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.---from the publisher