Explains the myths and legends of Belle Starr's life and discusses their authenticity. Includes a bibliography for further reading. Includes a table of contents.
"Belle Starr, Belle Starr, tell me where you have gone Since old Oklahoma's sandhills you did roam? Is it Heaven's wide streets that you're tying your reins Or singlefooting somewhere below? Eight lovers they say combed your waving black hair Eight men knew the feel of your dark velvet waist Eight men heard the sounds of your tan leather skirt Eight men heard the bark of the guns that you wore." (Woody Guthrie, "Belle Starr")
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