From the fall of 2004 to 2008, a select group of 8th grade students (26 in all) from the Northfield Middle School in Northfield, Minnesota researched and wrote a history and travel guide that chronicles the drama of the James and Younger Gang in their attempt to get out of Minnesota after the failed robbery at the First National Bank. The book entitled, “Caught in the Storm” portrays those two weeks when the wounded outlaws, under dark and rainy skies, journeyed over one hundred miles in their attempt to get out of Minnesota and to a safe hiding place. The gang encountered rain-swollen rivers, unsuspecting citizens, the largest posse in U. S. history, and the most harrowing adventure of their lives. Frank and Jesse escaped on September 14, but the remaining outlaws would meet their defeat a week later at the shootout at Hanska Slough.
For 4 consecutive years, a group of students in the SCOPE Program (Student Community Outreach Program Experience) handed off their completed chapters and on-going research to the next student group until all 13 chapters were finished. It’s a thoroughly researched book that tells the tale of the outlaw trail unlike any other account on the subject. The first page of each chapter contains a map, driving directions, mileage, GPS coordinates and a present day photo for the interested traveler who wants to take a personal journey from Northfield to Hanska Slough. “Caught in the Storm,” chronicles in exciting detail, who the gang encountered and the fateful decisions made along the way making it both a field guide and an excellent stand-alone history for readers aged 9 to 90.
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