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Arkansas Counties After 1874
THE
  LEGEND
  OF BASS
  REEVES:
The Most Feared
   Deputy U.S.
 Marshal in the
 Indian Country
THE
  LEGEND
  OF BASS
  REEVES:
The Most Feared
   Deputy U.S.
 Marshal in the
 Indian Country
THE LEGEND OF BASS REEVES:
The Most Feared Deputy U.S. Marshal in the Indian Country

Bass Reeves won a reputation as the
...
THE LEGEND OF BASS REEVES:
The Most Feared Deputy U.S. Marshal in the Indian Country

     He is especially important, but...
THE
 LEGEND
 OF BASS
 REEVES:
 character
portrayal of
 Bass Reeves
               T. Baridi Nkokheli
THE
  LEGEND
  OF BASS
  REEVES:
 readings from the
     book, The
Remarkable Life of
Bass Reeves, Deputy
  U.S. Marshal b...
Fort Smith National Historic Site
Fort Smith National Historic Site
BASS UPBRINGING/SLAVE
   DAYS/WHEN FREED

Bass Reeves was born in
Paris,Texas in 1824.
He worked as a water boy on
his own...
BASS UPBRINGING/SLAVE
   DAYS/WHEN FREED

Bass fled from the
plantation.
He lived with the
Seminole and Creek
Indians.
Indian Territory, 1889
BASS UPBRINGING/SLAVE
   DAYS/WHEN FREED

He left his indian home for
a new job.
He got married.
He became a successful
ra...
DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL
 The Indian Territory had become a
refugee for murderers, thieves, and
robbers.
Isaac C. Parker was ap...
DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL
 Bass Reeves accepted the job and
 became the first black Deputy
 U.S. Marshal west of the
 Mississippi...
DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL
 Reeves rode a large stallion, usually wore
 a large black hat.
 He was polite and courteous to everyo...
DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL
 Reeves arrested his own son.
 Who had been served with murdering
 his wife.
 He brought his son the M...
DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL
 Reeves served 35 years as a U.S.
 Deputy Marshal.
 He brought in over 3,000 criminals
 during his car...
THE
 LEGEND
 OF BASS
 REEVES:
 character
portrayal of
 Bass Reeves
               T. Baridi Nkokheli
OKLAHOMA STATEHOOD, NOV. 16, 1907
How did
  disguises and
tricks help Bass
 Reeves better
   perform his
 duties?  Was it
 right of him to
   lie to these
p...
Why was Bass
Reeves not liked
  by some white
 men? Did he do
    something
wrong? How has
 the perception
of race changes...
What else do
you know about
native american
 and the indian
   territory?
   Why was it
  unusual that
   bass reeves
 esc...
Did the fact
 that Bass was
illiterate (that
  he couldn’t
read) affect his
 ability to be a
  Deputy U.S.
 Marshal? How
 ...
What if you
weren’t able to
  read? How
 would life be
more difficult?
If Bass Reeves
  was such an
amazing lawman,
   why do you
think he isn’t as
 well known as
 Wyatt Earp or
Bat Masterson?
THE LEGEND OF BASS REEVES:
The Most Feared Deputy U.S. Marshal in the Indian Country
Fort Smith Museum of History
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The Legend of Bass Reeves
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    1. 1. Fort Smith Museum of History
    2. 2. Fort Smith Howe Arkansas Counties After 1874
    3. 3. THE LEGEND OF BASS REEVES: The Most Feared Deputy U.S. Marshal in the Indian Country
    4. 4. THE LEGEND OF BASS REEVES: The Most Feared Deputy U.S. Marshal in the Indian Country
    5. 5. THE LEGEND OF BASS REEVES: The Most Feared Deputy U.S. Marshal in the Indian Country Bass Reeves won a reputation as the "most feared U.S. marshal in the Indian country." . . . Bass Reeves was one of those rugged lawman who brought law and order to the American West, and more particularly to nineteenth-century Oklahoma. 
    6. 6. THE LEGEND OF BASS REEVES: The Most Feared Deputy U.S. Marshal in the Indian Country   He is especially important, but not because of his thirty-two years as a marshal or his feats of bravery.  He is important because he represents the way Oklahoma really was - the early multicultural Oklahoma, when the men who "wore the star" were not necessarily white but sometimes were black.
    7. 7. THE LEGEND OF BASS REEVES: character portrayal of Bass Reeves T. Baridi Nkokheli
    8. 8. THE LEGEND OF BASS REEVES: readings from the book, The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
    9. 9. Fort Smith National Historic Site
    10. 10. Fort Smith National Historic Site
    11. 11. BASS UPBRINGING/SLAVE DAYS/WHEN FREED Bass Reeves was born in Paris,Texas in 1824. He worked as a water boy on his owner’s plantation. Owner was George Reeves.
    12. 12. BASS UPBRINGING/SLAVE DAYS/WHEN FREED Bass fled from the plantation. He lived with the Seminole and Creek Indians.
    13. 13. Indian Territory, 1889
    14. 14. BASS UPBRINGING/SLAVE DAYS/WHEN FREED He left his indian home for a new job. He got married. He became a successful rancher and farmer.
    15. 15. DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL The Indian Territory had become a refugee for murderers, thieves, and robbers. Isaac C. Parker was appointed judge in Fort Smith, Arkansas. U.S. Deputy Marshal James Fagan, appointed by Isaac C. Parker, appointed Bass Reeves.
    16. 16. DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL Bass Reeves accepted the job and became the first black Deputy U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi River. Reeves couldn’t read or write. Someone read Reeves the warrant and he memorized them.
    17. 17. DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL Reeves rode a large stallion, usually wore a large black hat. He was polite and courteous to everyone. He wore to colt pistols and was a good shot with both of his left and right hand. He would leave Fort Smith, Arkansas and return a few months later with a large group of outlaws.
    18. 18. DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL Reeves arrested his own son. Who had been served with murdering his wife. He brought his son the Muskogee, Oklahoma. Reeves’ son was a model citizen after serving his time at Leavenworth prison in Kansas.
    19. 19. DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL Reeves served 35 years as a U.S. Deputy Marshal. He brought in over 3,000 criminals during his career. Killed only 14. Reeves earned his place in history as being one of the most effective lawmen in the Indian Territory.
    20. 20. THE LEGEND OF BASS REEVES: character portrayal of Bass Reeves T. Baridi Nkokheli
    21. 21. OKLAHOMA STATEHOOD, NOV. 16, 1907
    22. 22. How did disguises and tricks help Bass Reeves better perform his duties?  Was it right of him to lie to these people?  Why or why not?
    23. 23. Why was Bass Reeves not liked by some white men? Did he do something wrong? How has the perception of race changes from then to now?
    24. 24. What else do you know about native american and the indian territory? Why was it unusual that bass reeves escaped there?
    25. 25. Did the fact that Bass was illiterate (that he couldn’t read) affect his ability to be a Deputy U.S. Marshal? How did he adapt?
    26. 26. What if you weren’t able to read? How would life be more difficult?
    27. 27. If Bass Reeves was such an amazing lawman, why do you think he isn’t as well known as Wyatt Earp or Bat Masterson?
    28. 28. THE LEGEND OF BASS REEVES: The Most Feared Deputy U.S. Marshal in the Indian Country
    29. 29. Fort Smith Museum of History

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