Bad News for OutlawsNPR coverage of Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal by R. Gregory Christie Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Bass Reeves was a U.S. Marshal — and a former slave who escaped to freedom in the Indian Territories. For three decades, he was the most feared and respected lawman in the territories, making more than 3,000 arrests.
At a San Jose, Calif. library, a young reader browses a shelf of books featuring a variety of main characters: ducks, hens, white kids, black kids. Libraries help drive demand for children's books with nonwhite characters, but book publishers say there aren't enough libraries to make those books best-sellers.
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