Lone Star Lawmen: The Second Century of the Texas Rangers

Lone Star Lawmen: The Second Century of the Texas Rangers

by Robert M. Utley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195154444

ISBN-13: 9780195154443

Pub. Date: 02/28/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Hailed as "a rip-snortin', six-guns-blazin' saga of good guys and bad guys who were sometimes one and the same," Robert M. Utley's Lone Star Justice captured the colorful first century of Texas Ranger history. Now, in the eagerly anticipated conclusion, Lone Star Lawmen, Utley once again chronicles the daring exploits of the Rangers, this time as they

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Hailed as "a rip-snortin', six-guns-blazin' saga of good guys and bad guys who were sometimes one and the same," Robert M. Utley's Lone Star Justice captured the colorful first century of Texas Ranger history. Now, in the eagerly anticipated conclusion, Lone Star Lawmen, Utley once again chronicles the daring exploits of the Rangers, this time as they bring justice to the twentieth-century West.
Based on unprecedented access to Ranger archives, this fast-paced narrative stretches from the days of the Mexican Revolution (where atrocities against Mexican Americans marked the nadir of Ranger history) to the Branch Davidian saga near Waco and the recent bloody standoff with "Republic of Texas" militia. Readers will find in these pages one hundred years of high adventure. Utley follows the Rangers as they pursue bank robbers, bootleggers, moonshiners, and "horsebackers" (smugglers who used mule trains to bring liquor across the border). We see these fearless lawmen taming oil boomtowns, springing the ambush of Bonnie and Clyde, facing down angry lynch mobs, and tracking the "Phantom Killer" of Texarkana. Utley also highlights the gradual evolution of this celebrated force, revealing that while West Texas Rangers still occasionally ride the range on horseback and crack down on smugglers and rustlers, East Texas Rangers—who work mostly in big cities—now ride in high-powered cars and contend with kidnappers, forgers, and other urban criminals. But East or West, today's Rangers have become sophisticated professionals, backed by crime labs and forensic science.
Written by one of the most respected Western historians alive, here is the definitive account of the Texas Rangers, a vivid portrait of these legendary peace officers and their role in a changing West.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195154443
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,015,794
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Prologue     1
The Border, 1910-1915     8
The "Bandit War," 1915     26
The Big Bend, 1913-1919     48
Austin, 1918-1919     68
Pat Neff's "Battles of Peace," 1921-1925     85
Ma and Pa Ferguson, 1925-1927     109
Dan Moody, 1927-1931     119
Ross and Bill Sterling, 1931-1933     142
Return of the Fergusons, 1933-1935     152
The Department of Public Safety, 1935     166
DPS Birth Pangs, 1935-1938     179
Homer Garrison, 1938-1968     192
Gambling ... and Other Distractions     216
Latino Uprising     235
Change, 1965-1985     254
Highs and Lows, 1970s     265
Highs and Lows, 1980s     282
Highs and Lows, 1990s     303
A Summing-Up     329
Abbreviations     342
Notes     344
Sources     381
Index     391
Maps
Texas     xvi
The Upper Border in 1915     36
The Lower Border in 1915     37
Oil Boomtowns, 1920-1933     89
Texas Rangers Field Organization 2000     305

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