Mark Dugan teaches at Appalachian State University and Caldwell County Community College in North Carolina. He is also the author of Bandit Years: A Gathering of Wolves (Sunstone Press).
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Some of the American West’s grandest legends are about people who in reality were remorseless killers, robbers, and bandits. These outlaws flourished during the 1800s and gained notoriety throughout the following century. How did their fame persist, and what has inspired the publishing, movie, and television industries to recreate their fictionalized careers over and over again? Mark Dugan brings reality to the forefront in The Making of Legends.
“Dugan utilizes newspapers, government documents, court records, and local histories, to construct interesting, well-illustrated stories…His book will fascinate individuals interested in Western outlaws, even those who are relatively obscure.”
James D. McLaird, Journal of the West
Ten outlaws, ten states, ten stories of nineteenth-century fugitives remarkable because the events really took place. Mark Dugan’s latest outlaw chase reins in enough evidence to corral the cynics. There is new information on the strange relationship between Wild Bill Hickok, his enemy and victim, David McCanles, and the beautiful Sarah Shull of North Carolina. Was Tom Horn a hired killer for the big cattlemen in the unsolved Wyoming ambush? How much do we really know about Deputy U.S.
“While the stories in Dugan’s book may be ‘tales never told around the campfire,’ they sure are worth reading by armchair historians around the fireplace on a cold winter’s evening.”
Russel L. Tanner, Plains Anthropologist
The American public has long been fascinated by the Old West and the so–called heroes that it produced. Even before the days of Jesse James, Billy the Kid, and the dime novel, the public’s heroes have always been somewhat tainted. Numerous stories of chivalry and gallantry have been accredited to outlaws, but all tales have been based upon folklore and legends. Mark Dugan, however, gives us a bona fide American Robin Hood with Ham White.
“This is an excellent book and Mark Dugan deserves our thanks for researching and writing in such a clear and lucid style the story of Ham White. … More likeable than the majority of frontier characters, this well illustrated volume is a 'must' for any outlaw and lawman enthusiast.”