American Experience: Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Watch the TV program or see mini-documentaries on topics in the history of Reconstruction. Explore primary sources and hear historians discuss the important issues of the period.

American Experience: The Time of the Lincolns
Explore the long-vanished world of Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln, including arguments for and against slavery, the economic growth of America in the mid-19th century, women's suffrage, the bloody Civil War, and the partisan politics that divided the nation in two.

Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War
Author T.J. Stiles presents research related to his book on Jesse James on this website. Read essays like "Tactics of the Guerrilla War in Missouri," delve into primary source archives, and access links to related sites.

The Defeat of Jesse James Days
The town of Northfield, Minnesota, celebrates "The Defeat of Jesse James Days" on the anniversary of the failed raid on the Northfield Bank. Read the story of how the townspeople stood up to the James gang from the Defeat of Jesse James Days Celebration Committee. 


Barton, O. S. Three Years With Quantrill. Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1992.

Beights, Ronald H. Jesse James and the First Missouri Train Robbery. Canada: Pelican Publishing Company, Inc., 1992.

Castel, Albert and Thomas Goodrich. Bloody Bill Anderson: The Short, Savage Life of a Civil War Guerrilla. Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books, 1998.

Dodd, Susan. Mamaw. New York: Viking Penguin Inc., 1988.

Fellman, Michael. Inside War: The Guerrilla Conflict In Missouri During the American Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Horan, James D. The Pinkertons: The Detective Dynasty That Made History. New York: Crown Publishers, 1969.

Jackson, Cathy M. "The Making of an American Outlaw Hero: Jesse James, Folklore and Late Nineteenth-Century Print Media." PhD. Dissertation, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2004.

Mackay, James. Allan Pinkerton: The First Private Eye. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1997.

Miller, Jr., George. The Trial of Frank James for Murder. Missouri: Two Trials Publishing, 1998.

Phillips, Christopher. Missouri's Confederate: Claiborne Fox Jackson and the Creation of Southern Identity in the Border West. Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 2000.

Settle, Jr., William A. Jesse James Was His Name. Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 1977.

Steele, Phillip W. Jesse and Frank James: The Family History. Louisiana: Pelican Publishing, 1994.

Stiles, T.J. Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War. New York: Vintage Books, 2003.

Yeatman, Ted P. Frank and Jesse James: The Story Behind the Legend. Nashville, Tennessee: Cumberland House Publishing, 2000.

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