Author: Gary Paulsen
Born into slavery, Bass Reeves became the most successful US Marshal of the Wild West.
Many "heroic lawmen" of the Wild West, familiar to us through television and film, were actually violent scoundrels and outlaws themselves. But of all the sheriffs of the frontier, one man stands out as a true hero: Bass Reeves. And though the laws of his country enslaved him and his mother, when he became a free man he served the law, with such courage and honor that he became a legend.