Was Jesse James fighting to bring back the Confederacy?

Jesse James

J. Stiles has won two Pulitzer Prizes for his last couple of books—one about Cornelius Vanderbilt and the other about George Armstrong Custer.

His first book (2002) was a fascinating look at Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War. Stiles argues that the James-Younger Gang was not a group of social bandits, nor was it merely an outfit aimed at hurting the big bankers and railroads of the time.

Instead, Stiles says Jesse was a terrorist, still fighting against the Union and trying to bring back the Confederacy during his post-War career—and make money, too.

Jesse and Frank James
Jesse and Frank James 1872

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