By Paul Iselin Wellman
The equipped gangs of robbers and killers who roamed the Midwest and Southwest from the 1860s to the Thirties went to an identical college and have been succored by way of every one other's notoriety. So Paul I. Wellman makes a case for "the contagious nature of crime." William Quantrill and his guerrillas proven a felony culture that used to be to hyperlink the James, Dalton, Doolin, Jennings, and prepare dinner gangs; Belle and Henry Starr; lovely Boy Floyd; and others in "a lengthy and crooked teach of unbroken own connections."
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To be with his father, who was then associated with the Smithsonian Institution, but after a year it was back to the frontier Westthis time to live with his mother, two younger brothers, and sister in Cimarron, a village in western Kansas making the transition from the ranching to the farming era. Here, before going to college, the youth worked on farms and cattle ranches and got to know some of the veterans of the Indian-fighting and trail-driving days of the West. The strong impressions gained in this period were the genesis of a number of Wellman's books: Death on the Prairie (1934) and Death in the Desert (1935) on white-Indian warfare; The Trampling Herd (1939) on the history of the range-cattle industry; Glory, God, and Gold (1954) on Europeans and Americans in the Southwest; and three novelsBroncho Apache (1936), Jubal Troop (1939), and Ride the Red Earth (1958).
He was well aware that the accumulation of myth, special pleading, and controversy had created a historiographic mine field for the researcher and writer. Yet he strode ahead, knowing that some might disagree with his ''version of an instance here or an episode there in the long and complicated series of events" (p. 16) he explored in A Dynasty of Western Outlaws. A leading authority on the "Oklahombres" of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Glenn Shirley, has cited mistakes by Wellman (and others) on Belle Starr and Bill Tilghman, but Wellman's treatment of two foundation stones of his narrative has been largely confirmed by the principal experts: Richard S.
Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. The James gang was charged with holding up a stage near here. Malvern, Arkansas. Here the James-Younger gang robbed a stagecoach, Jan. 15, 1874. Page 10 Gads Hill, Missouri. Here the James-Younger gang robbed a train, Jan. 31, 1874. Otterville, Missouri. , where they were practically wiped out in a street battle, Sept. 7, 1876. Nashville, Tennessee. Here the James brothers had a favorite hiding place and rendezvous, especially in their later years. St. Joseph, Missouri. Here Jesse James was assassinated by Robert Ford, April 3, 1882.
A dynasty of western outlaws by Paul Iselin Wellman