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A romantic figure of the West and a man bold enough to defy the rapacious villainy of a newly industrialised America. Jesse James, PBS 2006
In the Spring of 1864 Jesse James rode to war. ibid.
Over the next year and a half Jesse James alongside Frank and a half dozen bushwhackers ... robbed one bank, two stage-coaches and two railroads. ibid.
What he was was a thief and a cold-blooded murderer. Jesse had little interest in a fair fight. ibid.
The biggest threat to Jesse’s life came from the private sector. ibid.
The dramatic death of Jesse James aged thirty-four only increased the reach of his name. ibid.
Lexington Missouri 1851: The story of the West begins at the end of the Civil War; for a young man named Jessie James is a soldier in a French military group known as Quantrill’s Raiders. In the spring of 1865 Jesse James is shot and captured by the Union army. Robert Redford’s The West aka The American West I: America Divided, AMC 2016
He forms a gang and begins stealing. But the Union army quickly cracks down. Fed up with the North’s presence, Jesse James is determined to fight back. ibid.
Jesse James has been leading an uprising in Missouri. ibid.
Jesse James is fanning the flames of rebellion in the South. ibid.
James partners with Edwards and launches another robbing spree, targeting northern wealth. But now he has the power of the press behind him. Robert Redford’s The West aka The American West II: Two Front War
Train robberies by Jesse James and his brother Frank are wreaking havoc on the country’s railroad industry. ibid.
Another battle is being fought: Jesse James has been on a crime spree across Missouri and Iowa, fighting for the Confederate cause by robbing the northern railroads of their funds. In Chicago famed private detective Allan Pinkerton is looking to put a stop to it. Robert Redford’s The West aka The American West III: Blood & Gold
Now the most wanted man in America [Jesse James] is forced to go into hiding. Robert Redford’s The West aka The American West IV: Showdown
After two years in hiding, Jesse James is going back to a life of crime. Robert Redford’s The West aka The American West VI: The Big Killing
After failing to recruit Billy the Kid in Las Vegas, Jesse James has finally managed to pull together a new gang. ibid.
Jesse James starts planning his next heist … With a new gang by his side, Jesse James has successfully pulled off a series of train heists but his actions are gaining more attention than ever. Robert Redford’s The West aka The American West VII: Frontier Justice
‘Jesse James is shot in the back of his head by one of his own men.’ Robert Redford’s The West aka The American West VIII, historian
No-one earned more fame however than Jesse James, the Robin Hood of western outlaws. Most historians maintain that Jesse was killed six years after his doomed Northfield Minnesota raid. Yet in 1948 J Frank Dalton claimed he was Jesse James. Is it possible that Jesse James could have perpetrated a hoax on the entire country for over sixty years? In Search of s6e1 … Jesse James, 1981