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Famous People: American Outlaws

These sites highlight famous American outlaws and their gangs during Wild West. There are biographies, photos, robbery history, and interview transcripts. Includes a lesson plan and primary resources such as maps, newspapers, and wanted posters.


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One of the first American Outlaws, Quantrill is credited with developing the guerrilla warfare style later made famous by the James-Younger gang.
Learn more about William Clarke Quantrill and is band of raiders that gained infamy during the Civil War.
This is a student-created site that includes information about six famous Wild West outlaws. Biographies, photos, gang members, and robbery history of each outlaw is included. Also learn about loots, targets of robberies, timelines, games, and a glossary related to outlaws.
This lesson plan is part of the film of the Jesse James legend. Through activities related to history, civics, geography, and economics, students will learn about the legend of Jesse James vs. the reality of his life and analysis of why he was famous. Timelines and photo galleries are included. Click "Shooting Gallery" in the Special Features to test your knowledge about some of the myths of Jesse James.
View photos of a house where Jesse James lived in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Discover more about the marauding brother of the infamous Jesse James. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Learn about the history of the James-Younger Gang, their aftermath, and how they are portrayed in movies. NOTE: This site links to a discussion board. (forum, message board, etc.)
This comprehensive website, explores the outlaws, the robberies, their aftermath, famous quotes by them, and more. NOTE: This site links to a discussion board. (forum, message board, etc.)
Learn more about the Younger brothers, american outlaws best known for running with Jesse and Frank James. NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site has a link to a guestbook.
Take a look at the primary documents, such as `wanted posters' and `reward posters', of rangers and outlaws in Texas.
Learn more about LeRoy Parker, aka Butch Cassidy. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Learn more about the Harry Longbaugh "The Sundance Kid." NOTE: This site includes ads.
Read about a brief biography of Billy the Kid, a famous Wild West outlaw.
This site provides comprehensive information about Billy the Kids. Includes biography, myths and facts, letters and interviews, films, photos, timelines, and maps. Note: There are links to external sites in Links section.

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