(September 5, 1847 – April 3, 1882)


The man - Photos - Festivals -
Interactive activities
- Webquests -
- Poems - Songs - Cinema - Cartoons

(Updated on 31/01/2011)


Related pages :

FOLKLORE - The West (civilization) - The West (history)




The man :


  • Jesse James (Wikipedia)
    He "was an American outlaw and the most famous member of the James-Younger gang.
    He became a figure of folklore after his death. He was most famous as a notorious train robber and desperado."
    1 Early life
    2 After the Civil War
    3 Pinkertons engaged
    4 Downfall of the gang
    5 Murder/assassination
    6 Rumors of survival
    7 Legacy
    8 Popular culture
    8.1 Festivals 8.2 Music and literature 8.3 Movies and television
    9 Museums
    10 See also
    11 Notes
    12 References
    13 External links


Photos :



Festivals :



INTERACTIVE activities :

  • Jesse James - Quiz (
    "This quiz is about one of the most controversial outlaws of the Old West."



Webquests :

  • Ghosts of the Past.... - Analyzing the Wild, Wild West (
    "You must learn about the times and historical figures of the "Wild West" in American history, and then choose a character that you find especially interesting to research further. You will write a short paper about your character and then use this person as the basis for your presentation..."



Stories :



Poems :

  • Jesse James (ballad) - (
    "In the middle eighteen hundreds,
    Jesse Woodson James was
    born. Notorious for being
    one of the worst outlaws..."


Songs :

  • Jesse James
    "Il existe de nombreuses versions de cette chanson. Claude Vollaire chante les quatre premiers couplets de la version découverte par Alan Lomax au début du 20ème siècle."
    - with LYRICS
    (Ac. Nantes)
  • Frank And Jesse James - Warren Zevon :
    "Robert Ford, a gunman
    Did exchange for his parole
    Took the life of James the outlaw
    Which he snuck up on and stole
    No one knows just where they came to be misunderstood
    But the poor Missouri farmers knew
    Frank and Jesse do the best they could"

  • Jesse James - Bruce Springsteen (YouTube) - UPDATED
    - the LYRICS :
    "Jesse James was a lad that killed many a man,
    He robbed the Glendale train,
    He stole from the rich and he gave to the poor,
    He'd a hand and a heart and a brain.

    Well it was Robert Ford, that dirty little coward,
    I wonder how he feel,
    For he ate of Jesse's bread and he slept in Jesse's bed,
    Then he laid poor Jesse in his grave..."

  • Jesse James - Woody Guthrie :
    "Jesse James and his boys rode that Dodge City Trail,
    Held up the midnight Southern mail..."

  • Whole Lot Of Hank - Hank Williams, Jr. :
    "Frank and Jesse James knowed how to rob them trains,
    they always took it from the rich and gave it to the poor,
    they might have had a bad name but they sure had a heart of gold."
  • Gangster Of Love - Johnny "Guitar" Watson / The Grateful Dead :
    "Jesse James and Frank James,
    Billy the Kid and all the rest,
    Supposed to be some bad cats
    Out in the West.

    But when they dug me,
    And my gangster ways,
    They hung up their guns,
    And made into their graves."

    - with the VIDEO

  • Apache - The Sugarhill Gang :
    "My Tribe went down in the hall of fame
    Cause I'm the one who shot Jesse James"
  • It's Pretty Hard To Beat The King - Drop Dead, Gorgeous :
    "They call me Jesse James and I own the night life.
    I drift from town to town across the nation.
    Praise the lord, lock and load boys.
    We go down, we go down, we go down together."
  • Outlaw Blues - Bob Dylan :
    "Ain't gonna hang no picture,
    Ain't gonna hang no picture frame...
    Well, I might look like Robert Ford,
    But I feel just like a Jesse James."

    - with the VIDEO (YouTube)
  • The Power - Snap :
    "Radical mind day and night all the time,
    Seven to fourteen wise divine,
    Maniac brainiac winning the game,
    I'm the lyrical Jesse James"
    - with the VIDEO (YouTube)
  • Should`ve Been a Cowboy - Toby Keith :
    "I might of had a side kick with a funny name
    Running wild through the hills chasing Jesse James"
    - with the VIDEO (YouTube)
  • Belle Star - Mark Knopfler and Emmy-Lou Harris :
    "I'll be your belle star
    You can be my Jesse James"
    - with the VIDEO (YouTube)


Cinema :


Cartoons :

  • Jessie James (
    "La seconde B.D. s'intitule Jesse James. Elle raconte l'une des histoires du criminel notoire Jesse James et son arrestation par Lucky Luke."