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Author Hallwas, John E.

Title Dime novel desperadoes : the notorious Maxwell brothers / John E. Hallwas.

Publication Info. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2008.


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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 402 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 367-379) and index.
Summary This thrilling historical true crime narrative recovers the long-forgotten story of Ed and Lon Maxwell, outlaw brothers from Illinois who once rivaled Jesse and Frank James in national notoriety. Growing up hard as the sons of a tenant farmer, the Maxwell brothers embarked on a life of crime that captured the public eye. Made famous locally by newspapers that dramatized crimes and danger, the brothers achieved national prominence in 1881 when they shot and killed Charles and Milton Coleman, lawmen trying to apprehend them. Public outrage sparked the largest manhunt for outlaws in American history, involving some twenty posses who pursued the desperadoes in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, and Nebraska. Nevertheless, the daring desperadoes were eventually portrayed as heroes in sensationalistic dime novels. A stunning saga of robbery and horse stealing, gunfights and manhunts, murder and mob violence, Dime Novel Desperadoes also delves into the cultural and psychological factors that produced lawbreakers and created a crime wave in the post-Civil War era. Every overview and encyclopedia of American outlaws will need to be revised, and the fabled "Wild West" will have to be extended east of the Mississippi River, in response to this riveting chronicle. With more than forty illustrations and several maps that bring to life the exciting world of the Maxwell brothers, Dime Novel Desperadoes is a new classic in the annals of American outlawry.
Contents ""Cover""; ""Title page""; ""Copyright""; ""Contents""; ""Preface""; ""Prologue""; ""1. The Maxwell Family Moves West""; ""2. The Maxwells in Troubled Fulton County""; ""3. The Maxwells in McDonough County""; ""4. Law and Order, and Prison Life""; ""5. The Maxwell Brothers Become Outlaws""; ""6. The Great Escape�and Recapture""; ""7. Prison Time and Justice Issues""; ""8. Lon's Struggle to Go Straight""; ""9. The Wisconsin Desperadoes""; ""10. The Gunfight at Durand""; ""11. The Great Manhunt""; ""12. Another Gunfight�and the Renewed Manhunt""; ""13. Ed's Capture and Lon's Escape""
""14. The Desperado and the Public""""15. The Lynching at Durand""; ""16. The Lynching Controversy and Durand's Fate""; ""17. The Mysterious Fate of Lon Maxwell""; ""Epilogue: The Story Life of the Maxwell Brothers""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Notes""; ""Bibliography""; ""Index""; ""Illustrations follow page 108 and 218""
Subject Maxwell family.
Maxwell family. (OCoLC)fst00212152
Outlaws -- Illinois -- Biography.
Outlaws -- Wisconsin -- Biography.
Brothers -- Illinois -- Biography.
Brothers -- Wisconsin -- Biography.
Illinois -- Biography.
Wisconsin -- Biography.
Illinois -- History -- 19th century.
Wisconsin -- History -- 19th century.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- General.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
Brothers. (OCoLC)fst00839665
Outlaws. (OCoLC)fst01049233
Illinois. (OCoLC)fst01205143
Wisconsin. (OCoLC)fst01204595
Chronological Term 1800 - 1899
Genre/Form Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Other Form: Print version: Hallwas, John E. Dime novel desperadoes. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2008 (DLC) 2008002174
ISBN 9780252093753 (electronic bk.)
0252093755 (electronic bk.)
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