Constructing social bandits: the saga of Sontag and Evans, 1889-1911

This work chronicles the construction of two nineteenth-century train robbers from Tulare County, California into social bandits. It presents the context of late nineteenth-century California as an essential element in creating a social bandit, and suggests the unifying features of the social bandit for California citizens. This study utilizes local newspaper, biographies, and an unpublished memoir as source material for examining the construction of these two men as “social bandits.”