Bonnie and Clyde, a mythical couple of thieves.

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Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (1910-1934) and Clyde Chestnut Barrow (1909-1934) were two American outlaws and robbers. They came from Dallas, Texas and they travelled all the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression. They caught the Americans’ attention with their offenses. During their life the gang attacked a lot of banks however Clyde prefered to attack small stores and rural gas station. According to the legend, the gang killed nine policimen and several civilians. Bonnie and Clyde were killed in Bienville Parih, Louisiana by law officers in 1934.

Their reputation is still alive because of the film of Arthur Penn in 1967, « Bonnie and Clyde ». Image de prévisualisation YouTube

The couple’s depiction in the press was in contrast to their real lives. Despite the fact that she was present in many crimes, Bonnie was not easy trigger as it says in the papers. Bonnie and Clyde were probably inspired and are always compared to John Dillinger.

The French singers, Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot sang a song about Bonnie and Clyde. Image de prévisualisation YouTube

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker : Bonnie Elizabeth Parker was born in October 1, 1910 in Rowena, Texas, and she died in May 23, 1934 in Bienville Parish in Louisiana. Her father, Charles Parker was a bricklayer and died when Bonnie was four. After that, her mother Emma Krause, moved with the children to her parents’ home in Clement City. At school, Bonnie Parker was one of the best students of her high school, She won lot of prizes, she was an example for the others. As an adult, Bonnie was keen on writing and she wrote poems like “The Story of Suicide Sal” and “The Trail’s End”. In her second year of High School, Parker met Roy Thornton. They dropped out of school and were married on September 25, 1926, six days before Parker’s 16th birthday. Their marriage wasn’t very long but they never divorced and Parker was wearing Thornton’s wedding ring when she died. Thornton was in prison when Bonnie died. In 1929, after the breakdown of her marriage, Bonnie came to live with her mother. There are a lot of rumors about bonnie and Clyde’s meeting but the most probable is that Bonnie, on January 5, 1930 at a friend of Clyde’s house, Bonnie was staying in the West of Dallas to assist a friend. Lots of historians believe that they were in love.

Clyde Chestnut Barrow : 

Clyde Chestnut Barrow was born on March 24, 1909 in Ellis County in Texas.

He was the fifth of seven children born to a poor farming family in Texas. Clyde began to steal with his brother Buck.

In January 1930, he met Bonnie Parker, a young married lady of 19 years. He was 21 years old and single.

Soon after, Clyde was sent to jail for burglary, but Bonnie helped him to escape. They had multiplied robberies and sowed corpses behind us.

Clyde was imprisoned many tims, he killed for the first time in jail a man with bare hands because he had tried to rape him.

With his partner he had robbed many banks and stores. The story was situated during the Great Depression. More people saw them more as « Robin Hood » than as criminals, they were also lovers so peoples didn’t believe they were a big threat. They became known for their robberies, murders and for their love.

The unknown Story of Princess Pocahontas

 

Pocahontas is still an icon today. In fact,Pocahontas was not just as we can think a cartoon heroine of Walt Disney, She is real, the daughter of a Native American tribe chief, befriended an English settler, she became an icon of the United States of America.

Pocahontas was the daughter of Powhatan, the powerful chief of thirty Algonquin Indians tribes in Virginia. She was born around 1595,and her parents called her Pocahontas which means « little Wanton » –> (little capricious)
Pocahontas probably saw white men for the first time in May 1607 when the English landed in Jamestown(Virginia). One she found the kindest was Captain John Smith. The first meeting of Pocahontas and John Smith is both a legendary and romantic story.

Princess Pocahontas was a native American who in the year 1607 intervened to save the life of pioneer Captain John Smith. Later she left her home in Virginia to travel to England, where she married an Englishman and became a regular in the court of King James. She became the first of her nation to convert to Christianity.

She will be married twice to English men, for love or interest. Pocahontas saved the lives of Columbus,but shortly after Columbus took Pocahontas as their Hostage. Her extraordinary destiny lead the girl to the court of the King of England.

In 1617,She was suffering from tuberculosis. She was buried in the cemetery of St. George’s Church in Gravesend, England. She was 22 years old. She will leave behind her a single boy,who named Thomas Rolfe.

Pocahontas has not only served as a representative of Virginia Indians, but also essential link between the Native Americans and the English. Her life will undoubtedly forever the essential facts in the history of Virginia.

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