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1 Outlaws as Heroes Our desperate need to make bad- guys not so bad.

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3 Thinking first: What is a 'hero'? What is a villain? Think of some words you would use to describe someone you see as a hero, and someone you see as a villain.. If a person feels robbed of their rights, are they justified in having contempt for the rights of others? What qualities do people admire, why do they need heroes and why do some criminals become heroes while others are hated and feared? Are some of these things UNIVERSAL THEMES???

4 We have always had a need for heroes, and if they are not plentiful enough in our lives we will make heroes out of not so heroic people. This has been going on for centuries. We have always had a need for heroes, and if they are not plentiful enough in our lives we will make heroes out of not so heroic people. This has been going on for centuries.

5 We made heroes out of pirates… We made heroes out of pirates…

6 and rebels.

7 We take gangsters and criminals like Al Capone, Ma Barker, Pretty Boy Floyd, Machine Gun Kelley, and Bonnie and Clyde.. We take gangsters and criminals like Al Capone, Ma Barker, Pretty Boy Floyd, Machine Gun Kelley, and Bonnie and Clyde..

8 And turn them into this…

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10 Pretty Boy Floyd by Woody Guthrie Pretty Boy Floyd by Woody Guthrie If you'll gather 'round me, children, A story I will tell 'Bout Pretty Boy Floyd, an outlaw, Oklahoma knew him well. It was in the town of Shawnee, A Saturday afternoon, His wife beside him in his wagon As into town they rode. If you'll gather 'round me, children, A story I will tell 'Bout Pretty Boy Floyd, an outlaw, Oklahoma knew him well. It was in the town of Shawnee, A Saturday afternoon, His wife beside him in his wagon As into town they rode. There a deputy sheriff approached him In a manner rather rude, Vulgar words of anger, An' his wife she overheard. There a deputy sheriff approached him In a manner rather rude, Vulgar words of anger, An' his wife she overheard. Pretty Boy grabbed a log chain, And the deputy grabbed his gun; In the fight that followed He laid that deputy down. Pretty Boy grabbed a log chain, And the deputy grabbed his gun; In the fight that followed He laid that deputy down. Then he took to the trees and timber To live a life of shame; Every crime in Oklahoma Was added to his name. Then he took to the trees and timber To live a life of shame; Every crime in Oklahoma Was added to his name. But a many a starving farmer The same old story told How the outlaw paid their mortgage And saved their little homes. But a many a starving farmer The same old story told How the outlaw paid their mortgage And saved their little homes. Others tell you 'bout a stranger That come to beg a meal, Underneath his napkin Left a thousand dollar bill. Others tell you 'bout a stranger That come to beg a meal, Underneath his napkin Left a thousand dollar bill. It was in Oklahoma City, It was on a Christmas Day, There was a whole car load of groceries Come with a note to say: It was in Oklahoma City, It was on a Christmas Day, There was a whole car load of groceries Come with a note to say: Well, you say that I'm an outlaw, You say that I'm a thief. Here's a Christmas dinner For the families on relief. Well, you say that I'm an outlaw, You say that I'm a thief. Here's a Christmas dinner For the families on relief. Yes, as through this world I've wandered I've seen lots of funny men; Some will rob you with a six-gun, And some with a fountain pen. Yes, as through this world I've wandered I've seen lots of funny men; Some will rob you with a six-gun, And some with a fountain pen. And as through your life you travel, Yes, as through your life you roam, You won't never see an outlaw Drive a family from their home. And as through your life you travel, Yes, as through your life you roam, You won't never see an outlaw Drive a family from their home.

11 Dime Novels made cowboys and Indian fighters of the west into heroes; even outlaws like Jesse James! Dime Novels made cowboys and Indian fighters of the west into heroes; even outlaws like Jesse James!

12 We want these heroes to be good looking like Robin Weigert or Doris Day as Calamity Jane We want these heroes to be good looking like Robin Weigert or Doris Day as Calamity Jane

13 Unlike the real Calamity Jane

14 We want Billy the Kid to look like Emilio Estevez or Val Kilmer We want Billy the Kid to look like Emilio Estevez or Val Kilmer

15 Not the way he really looked Not the way he really looked

16 We would like to think that Belle Starr the “Bandit Queen” looked like Elizabeth Montgomery or Gene Tierney.. We would like to think that Belle Starr the “Bandit Queen” looked like Elizabeth Montgomery or Gene Tierney..

17 Not so much like she really did Not so much like she really did

18 Now, back to Jesse James not so much like these guys…

19 As this

20 Not these guys…

21 But these The James-Younger Gang

22 Cole Younger was not this guy… this guy…

23 But this

24 The reel Youngers

25 The real thing

26 Jesse James Jesse James was a man And he killed many men He robbed the Glendale train And he took from the richer And he gave that to the poorer He'd a hand and a heart and a brain Oh Jesse had a wife to mourn for his life Three children they were so brave But that dirty little coward That shot Mr. Howard Has laid Jesse James in his grave (Instrumental) On Wednesday night When the moon was shining bright They robbed that Glendale train And the folks from miles about (yeah they can) They all said without a doubt It was done by her Frankie and Jesse James (yes it was) Oh Jessie had a wife, to mourn for his life Three children they were so brave But that dirty little coward That shot Mr. Howard Has laid (poor) Jesse James in his grave ► Instrumental) Well the people held their breath When they heard about Jesse's death (yeah) And they wondered how poor Jesse came to die (how did he die?) It was one of his guys, called Little Robert Ford And he shot Jessie James on the sly Oh Jessie had a wife to mourn for his life Three children they were so brave But that dirty little coward That shot Mr. Howard Has laid Jesse James in his grave Has laid poor Jesse in his grave

27 So, what started this national mania for the “Wild West”? So, what started this national mania for the “Wild West”?

28 Cowboy, Nat Love, the real Deadwood Dick In 1890 the federal census told the public that there was no longer a frontier, and the public seemed to miss it.. In 1890 the federal census told the public that there was no longer a frontier, and the public seemed to miss it..

29 "The existence of an area of free land, its continuous recession, and the advance of American settlement westward explain American development.“ "The existence of an area of free land, its continuous recession, and the advance of American settlement westward explain American development.“ Frederick Jackson Turner

30 Turner with a study group With these words, in 1893, Turner laid the foundation for modern historical study of the American West and presented a "frontier thesis" that continues to influence historical thinking even today. With these words, in 1893, Turner laid the foundation for modern historical study of the American West and presented a "frontier thesis" that continues to influence historical thinking even today.

31 Wild West shows drew thousands of spectators to steer roping, rodeos, and staged battles between “good cavalry regiments” and “bad native Americans.”

32 Annie Oakley, a star of the Wild West show became known as “Little Miss Sureshot”

33 Chief Sitting Bull played himself in the Wild West show, leading warlike Indians out to attack wagon trains. Chief Sitting Bull played himself in the Wild West show, leading warlike Indians out to attack wagon trains.

34 Unable to stand white society, he only stayed with the show for four months, but a legend was born. Unable to stand white society, he only stayed with the show for four months, but a legend was born.

35 Roy Rogers and Trigger The wild west shows perpetuated many myths about the old west, including that of the “singing cowboy” The wild west shows perpetuated many myths about the old west, including that of the “singing cowboy”

36 DON'T FENCE ME IN (Cole Porter) Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above, Don't fence me in Let me ride through the wide open country that I love, Let me ride through the wide open country that I love, Don't fence me in Don't fence me in Let me be by myself in the evenin' breeze Let me be by myself in the evenin' breeze And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees Send me off forever but I ask you please, Don't fence me in Don't fence me in Just turn me loose, let me straddle my old saddle Underneath the western skies On my Cayuse, let me wander over yonder Till I see the mountains rise I want to ride to the ridge where the west commences And gaze at the moon till I lose my senses And I can't look at hovels and I can't stand fences Don't fence me in Don't fence me in Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies, Don't fence me in Don't fence me in Let me ride through the wide open country that I love, Don't fence me in Don't fence me in Let me be by myself in the evenin' breeze And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees Send me off forever but I ask you please, Don't fence me in Don't fence me in

37 Gene Autry was one of the most famous of them all. Classic songs like “Don’t fence me in” and “Back in the saddle again” suggested the wide open spaces and endless opportunity we wanted to believe in. Gene Autry was one of the most famous of them all. Classic songs like “Don’t fence me in” and “Back in the saddle again” suggested the wide open spaces and endless opportunity we wanted to believe in.

38 Back in the Saddle Again Lyrics Back in the Saddle Again Lyrics I'm back in the saddle again Out where a friend is a friend Where the longhorn cattle feed On the lowly gypsum weed Back in the saddle again Ridin' the range once more Totin' my old.44 Where you sleep out every night And the only law is right Back in the saddle again Whoopi-ty-aye-oh Rockin' to and fro Back in the saddle again Whoopi-ty-aye-yay I go my way Back in the saddle again I'm back in the saddle again Out where a friend is a friend Where the longhorn cattle feed On the lowly gypsum weed Back in the saddle again Ridin' the range once more Totin' my old.44 Where you sleep out every night And the only law is right Back in the saddle again Whoopi-ty-aye-oh Rockin' to and fro Back in the saddle again Whoopi-ty-aye-yay I go my way Back in the saddle again I'm back in the saddle again Out where a friend is a friend Where the longhorn cattle feed On the lowly gypsum weed Back in the saddle again Ridin' the range once more Totin' my old.44 Where you sleep out every night And the only law is right Back in the saddle again Whoopi-ty-aye-oh Rockin' to and fro Back in the saddle again Whoopi-ty-aye-yay I go my way Back in the saddle again I'm back in the saddle again Out where a friend is a friend Where the longhorn cattle feed On the lowly gypsum weed Back in the saddle again Ridin' the range once more Totin' my old.44 Where you sleep out every night And the only law is right Back in the saddle again Whoopi-ty-aye-oh Rockin' to and fro Back in the saddle again Whoopi-ty-aye-yay I go my way Back in the saddle again

39 So the stereotypes began - So the stereotypes began - and were perpetuated by movies and later TV. and were perpetuated by movies and later TV. The question is which was more accurate? The question is which was more accurate? The strenuous one where a man could lead a virtuous life and toughen his body,? The cowboy poet or the strong silent type? The strenuous one where a man could lead a virtuous life and toughen his body,? The cowboy poet or the strong silent type?

40 I'm An Old Cowhand I'm an old cowhand from the Rio Grande But my legs ain't bowed and my cheeks ain't tanned I'm the cowboy who never saw a cow Never roped a steer 'cause I don't know how I sure ain't fixin' to start in now Yippee i oh ti-ay! Yippee i oh ti-ay! I'm an old cowhand from the Rio Grande And I learned to ride before I learned to stand I'm a ridin' fool who is up to date I know every trail in the Lone Star State 'Cause I ride the range in a Ford V-8 Yippee i oh ti-ay! Yippee i oh ti-ay! We're old cowhands from the Rio Grande And we come to town just to hear the band We know all the songs that the cowboys know 'Bout the Big Corral where the dogies go We learned them all on the radio Yipee i oh ti-ay! Yippee i oh ti-ay! I'm an old cowhand from the Rio Grande Where the West is wild all around the borderland Where the buffalo roam around the zoo And the Indians run up a rug or two And the old Bar X is just a barbeque Yippee i oh ti-ay! I'm a pioneer who began from scratch I don't bat an eye in a suit or hat They don't call me Elmer, they call me Satch Yippee i oh ti-ay! Yippee i oh ti-ay! Yippee i oh ti-ay! I'm An Old Cowhand I'm an old cowhand from the Rio Grande But my legs ain't bowed and my cheeks ain't tanned I'm the cowboy who never saw a cow Never roped a steer 'cause I don't know how I sure ain't fixin' to start in now Yippee i oh ti-ay! Yippee i oh ti-ay! I'm an old cowhand from the Rio Grande And I learned to ride before I learned to stand I'm a ridin' fool who is up to date I know every trail in the Lone Star State 'Cause I ride the range in a Ford V-8 Yippee i oh ti-ay! Yippee i oh ti-ay! We're old cowhands from the Rio Grande And we come to town just to hear the band We know all the songs that the cowboys know 'Bout the Big Corral where the dogies go We learned them all on the radio Yipee i oh ti-ay! Yippee i oh ti-ay! I'm an old cowhand from the Rio Grande Where the West is wild all around the borderland Where the buffalo roam around the zoo And the Indians run up a rug or two And the old Bar X is just a barbeque Yippee i oh ti-ay! I'm a pioneer who began from scratch I don't bat an eye in a suit or hat They don't call me Elmer, they call me Satch Yippee i oh ti-ay! Yippee i oh ti-ay! Yippee i oh ti-ay!


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