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Bonnie and Clyde; The Making of a Legend

Now that you've finished the text:

  • Revisit your notes about the difference between Legendary and Infamy
  • Find at least four text based examples to put into the Venn Diagram on the next slide. These can be related to your Bonnie and Clyde theme map.
    • Include a short, cited quote and explanation as to why this example shows that Bonnie and Clyde are Legendary, Infamous, or Both.
    • Use the "text" feature on the left menu or the pinpoints in the bottom right just like you did on the Interactive map activity.
  • Finally, use the orange box to make an argument as to whether Bonnie and Clyde should be rememberd as legendary or infamous criminals.



Bonnie and Clyde; The Making of a Legend

Final Verdict


"You know what you done there? You told my story, you told my whole story right there, right there. One time, I told you I was gonna make you somebody. That's what you done for me. You made me somebody they're gonna remember." I think Clyde wanted to be remembered as someone who just committed a lot of crimes to impress people. But this is shown as infamous because of all the bad crimes he commited.

“Shoot, if we’d done half that stuff they said we’d done in that paper, we’d be millionaires by now, wouldn’t we?” This quote is showing that the crimes that Bonnie and Clyde and their partners commited, they would've had lots of money that they didn't deserve because they were criminals.

“This is my plan. There is no plan B. And this world will remember me.” People were really motivated because they saw Clyde and Bonnie, as a really brave couple because times during the Great Depression were hard, people lost money, jobs, homes, went broke, etc.

“Yes, I’m still by his side. Yeah, I’m Bonnie and he’s Clyde. I’m holding it down on the outside. Hand in hand, that’s how we ride.” This quote shows that people were inspired and idolizing the couple because they were so attached to each, that they would commit crimes, rob banks, steal cars, and they really really loved each other.