Challenging past knowledge and stereotypes….
Who was the real Lone Ranger?
The LIFE & TIMES OF
1. Who is the Lone Ranger?
2. How many Texas Rangers are killed before Tonto is mentioned?
3. What has Bass Reeves been called? “One of the most_________________”
4. What is sketchy with regards to Bass Reeves?
5. What worried Reeves’ mother?
6. What was the Texan law if a slave attacks a master?
7. After the Treaty of 1866 between the U.S. Government and the Civilized Tribes, what was abolished?
8. In 1875, who was the Hanging Judge?
9. Wanting to crack down on criminals, how many new deputy marshals did he hire?
10. Who did Indians trust more than white people?
11. Why was Reeves’ master of languages even more impressive?
12. How did Reeves like to dress?
13. When did marshals get paid typically?
14. How many times was Reeves actually wounded?
15. No matter what kind of disguise you had, what would tip off the outlaws?
16. When was Reeves closest to losing his life in 1884?
17. What was Reeves biggest scandal?
18. What became a state in 1907?
19. How many outlaws did he arrest?
20. What book did Art Burton write on Bass Reeves?
READ BELOW AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT FOLLOW:
Prior to the outbreak of the Civil War, Bass Reeves, his mother and younger sister were slaves of a Colonel Reeves who owned a ranch in north-west Texas. As a young man, Bass escaped the ranch to become a runaway slave and eventually was taken in by an Indian tribe of the area. Here he learned the ways of the native Americans, especially how to track and hunt like a native. When the war between the states erupted, Reeves and his adopted people were one of the few bands to fight on the side of the Union.
After the war, having been granted his freedom, Bass married another former slave, a girl named Jenny, and they proceeded to raise a horse/cattle ranch in the Oklahoma territories of that time. Soon they had eight children and Bass was recognized as one of the most prominent ranchers of the area. Fourteen years after the war, the U.S. Federal Government had plans of bringing the land into statehood, but before they could do this, it required stable law and order. To this end Washington sent Judge Parker to establish a district courthouse in Ft. Smith.
Judge Parker soon realized that his jurisdiction took in a great majority of black and native American towns and villages. These were considered off-limits to his white marshals and outlaws wisely made these places their strongholds. Parker immediately realized he needed to recruit black marshals if he had any real hope of bringing justice to the territory. One of the first he recruited was Bass Reeves.
For the next 32 years, Reeves became the most successful and famous of Parker’s marshals, bringing in over three thousand criminals during the course of his career. During this time, he and Jenny had two more children, bringing the count to ten. One had died tragically in a railroad accident, and Jenny also passed away. A few years later Bass remarried, sold the ranch and moved to Muskogee which would be his home for the remainder of his life.
Towards the end of his career, one of his older boys, Benny, murdered his wife and ran off to the badlands to escape. None of the other marshals wanted to take the job of going after him. Reeves, who had been on the trail, when the incident occurred, upon his return to Ft. Smith asked for the writ, saying it was his job to bring in Benny. Which he did, as painful as that must have been for him. But Bass Reeves had no choice, he was obsessed with justice, that it would make the land a decent place for all people to live.
Benny stood trial, was found guilty and sentenced to life in Leavenworth. Ultimately a group of supporters started up a petition to have his case re-opened and after serving twenty years, Benny’s sentence was commuted and he was released. This happening long after Bass passed away in 1910.
(source: A comic proposal by Ron Fortier & Rob Davis)
21. How many years of service did Bass Reeves have?
23. How many shoot-outs did he have?
24. How many outlaws did he capture?
25. He was an expert in doing what?
26. Who was his slave master?
27. What slave state did he escape from?
28. What was painful for him with regards to Benny his son and what did he do?
29. When did he pass away?
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History – The Wild West: The Lone Ranger
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