Educator Resources for Bass Reeves

The American frontier was a fascinating place. As our country pushed toward the Pacific, people at the edge of our nation were met with both opportunities and challenges. It’s no wonder why it’s referred to as the Wild West! But someone had to bring order to the chaos. In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby introduce you to legendary lawman, Bass Reeves. Trail behind him as he escapes slavery and finds refuge among Indian tribes. See how government-sponsored westward expansion encouraged pioneers, led to new hardships and enabled Reeves to become one of the first U.S. marshals. Join him on patrol of Indian Territory and see how he rose to the top of his field, only to be toppled by a more powerful lawman, Jim Crow. Saddle up, if you’ve got what it takes!