Sitting tall in the
saddle, with a wide-brimmed black hat and twin Colt pistols on his belt, Bass
Reeves seemed bigger than life. As a US Marshal—and former slave who escaped to
freedom in the Indian Territories—Bass was cunning and fearless.
When a lawbreaker
heard Bass Reeves had his warrant, he knew it was the end of the trail, because
Bass always got his man, dead or alive. He achieved all this in spite of whites
who didn’t like the notion of a black lawman.
For three decades, Bass was the most feared
and respected lawman in the territories. He made more than three thousand arrests,
and though he was a crack shot and a quick draw, he only killed fourteen men in
the line of duty. Bad News for Outlaws reveals the story of a remarkable
African American hero of the Old West.
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