A MAN OF COURAGE

US DEPUTY MARSHAL HECK THOMAS

— ACTING ALONE, HE ONCE DELIVERED 41 FELONS TO A FEDERAL JAIL — Three Deputy U.S. Deputy Marshals tracked the Aaron Purdy Gang into Indian Country and cornered them in a ravine near the Snake River. Deputy U.S. Marshal Henry “Heck” Thomas decided to go it alone and give the outlaws a chance to give themselves up.

The law wanted Purdy and the other gang members for moonshining, horse stealing, and train robbery.

Heck […]

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THE RACIST OF RECONSTRUCTION

The agent for the Freedmen Bureau peered out the window at the sound of horses and fought off a wave of fear as he watched a band of heavily armed men ride into Boston, Texas, led by Cullen Baker, a violent opponent of Reconstruction.

Congress established the bureau in 1865. Considered the first social welfare agency in American history, its purpose was to help newly emancipated blacks transition from slavery to freedom.

The […]

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STORYTELLER’S 7: J.D. MC CALL, MOTIVATED BY A PHOTOGRAPH

Story ideas often present themselves to writers in ways they least expect. For J.D. McCall, a simple photograph with a friend motivated him to make an attempt at writing fiction.

During an occupational safety conference in the Ozarks, J.D convinced a long-time close friend to join him for a photograph—but insisted they dress in Old West attire.

“Despite his reluctance to go along with it, I got my photo […]

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STORYTELLER’S 7: ANTHONY WHITT, DEVOTED TO THE WEST

Authenticity ranks as the common link in the stories Anthony Whitt writes about the American West.

Anthony has devoted many hours learning all he can about this country’s rich historical heritage. He’s equally fascinated by the men and women who survived the challenges involved in settling a sometimes unwelcome frontier.

His novels – Hard Land to Rule, and Cold Hard Ride – make up the first two books of […]

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