Monday, April 25, 2011

Bass Reeves

There is a wonderful article on Bass Reeves over at The Art of Manliness. Bass has long been a hero of mine and the inspiration for my Gideon Miles character.

Hat tip: Bill Crider.

Wikipedia

Legends of America

Black Gun, Silver Star

6 comments:

David Barber said...

There's some fine reading there. Thanks for the link, David. As one of the comment said, Hollywood could make a fine movie about Bass!

Jess said...

This was super! I've been working on genealogy in Arkansas and reading a lot of Indian history. This info was really fascinating. I'm going to track down the Bass Reeves movie. This is a hero that should NOT be forgotten! Thanks for bringing him to my attention.

Ron Scheer said...

As someone interested in the history of race relations, I found this solid reading. Thanks for the link. If you haven't seen it, you might be interested in the black western Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte made: BUCK AND THE PREACHER. Poitier plays the kind of cowboy hero that brings Bass Reeves and Gideon Miles to mind.

David Cranmer said...

David, Bass needs a top studio to bring in the story of his life.

Jess, The link I have to the Art Burton book is a good place to start.

Ron, Terrific movie and Poitier is in top form there. But, then again, when isn't he?

Charles Gramlich said...

I was reading a lot about him when I was working on Killing Trail. Definitely a fascinating character.

David Cranmer said...

I learned quite a few new facts in this article.