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Crossing Outlaws: The Life And Times Of Jesse James And Jesus Of Nazareth

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Jesse began his violent career as a teenager riding with civil war guerillas led by the ruthless William Clarke Quantrill seeking revenge for atrocities - some real and some imagined - committed by Union loyalists. "Assassination at the hand of a traitor did much to raise him to heroic standing". Young, cut down at the height of their careers, both betrayed by close followers, enmeshed in the political and social unrest of their day, qualities of legends quickly accrued around Jesus and Jesse. Jesse James and Jesus of Nazareth have become figures larger than history and integral to the identities of entire historical epochs; the romance of their resistance and the potential freedom from "order" and constraint that it inspires, continues to attract devotion.

Keywords: Jesse James; Nazareth



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