Show Me Missouri Speakers Bureau Lecture: James Erwin

Nov
09
12:00 pm
Where

Crisp Museum at Southeast Missouri State University
518 S Fountain Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Where

Crisp Museum at Southeast Missouri State University
518 S Fountain Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Jesse James: The Man, The Myth, The Movie

Jesse James is an iconic figure in Missouri history. In this presentation, historian and author James Erwin describes how a farm boy, guerrilla, bank and train robber, and murderer became a political hero and nineteenth-century media star. In the twentieth century, Jesse James’s criminal past was excused or ignored in dozens of movies, serials, television shows, and songs, and he was transformed into a typical western hero. But as movies became more realistic, the portrayals of James became more nuanced and historically accurate. Erwin describes James’s life, legend, and movie “career” using photographs, movie posters, song and film clips.

Host Organization

Crisp Museum at Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO (Cape Girardeau County)

Event Contact Information

Ellen Hahs
(573) 986-8243
ehahs@semo.edu