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American Experience; Jesse James

11/15/2005

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Series
American Experience
Program
Jesse James
Program Number

1807

Series Description

Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

Program Description

NOTE: Rebroadcast and repackaged for season 24 (2012), with new NOLA Code.

The story of Jesse James remains one of America's most cherished myths... and one of its most wrong-headed. Jesse James, so the legend goes, was a Western outlaw, though, in fact, he never went west; America's own Robin Hood, though he robbed from the poor as well as the rich, and kept it all for himself; and a gunfighter whose victims, in reality, were almost always unarmed. Less heroic than brutal, James was in fact a product, from first to last, of the American Civil War; a Confederate partisan of expansive ambition, unbending politics and surprising cunning, who gladly helped invent his own valiant legend. A member of a vicious band of Missouri guerrillas during the war, James sought redemption afterwards. But as this American Experience production reveals, year by year, he rode further from it, redeeming instead the great and glorious memory of the Old South. In a life steeped in prolific violence and bloodshed, he met what was perhaps the most fitting end; like so many of his own victims, James himself was an unarmed man, shot in the back.

Duration

00:55:34

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
History
Citation
Chicago: “American Experience; Jesse James,” 11/15/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_21F04C9DD36B4D78BCCDFC49CBD7889D.
MLA: “American Experience; Jesse James.” 11/15/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 4, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_21F04C9DD36B4D78BCCDFC49CBD7889D>.
APA: American Experience; Jesse James. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_21F04C9DD36B4D78BCCDFC49CBD7889D
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