Today in History–April 28–the Library of Congress features Billy the Kid, who killed two guards while making his escape from a New Mexico jail on this date in 1881. But was he a folk villain or hero? Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the primary source trail to uncover more perspectives on this infamous Wild West character.
Billy the Kid Escaped from Jail from America’s Library
Young Gun Library of Congress blog April 20, 2015
The Authentic Life of Billy, the Kid by Pat. F. Garrett 1882
Life histories mentioning Billy the Kid Federal Writer’s Project, 1936-40
About Billy the Kid [ballet] by Aaron Copland
Notes on a Cowboy Ballet (re: Billy the Kid) Aaron Copland
Billy the Kid [musical sketches] (ballet) Aaron Copland