Badge and Buckshot: Lawlessness in Old California Book Summary and Study Guide

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A great account of some of the famous outlaws and criminals in California during the second half of the 19th Century. Author John Boessenecker splits the book into a series of short histories about criminals and the crimes they committed. Substantial attention is also given to the lawmen who hunted for these criminals and their careers in law enforcement. Boessenecker provides detail about the small towns where these crimes took place, and the social conditions in each town. The book provides a source of information about infamous criminals and lawmen who are often forgotten in accounts of 19th Century California history.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   criminal (general) Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   accused criminal Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   prison Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A lot 11-15 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   26-50% of book

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