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The Texas Sheriff: Lord of the County Line
     

The Texas Sheriff: Lord of the County Line

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by Thad Sitton
 

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The Texas Sheriff takes a fresh, colorful, and insightful look at Texas law enforcement during the decades before 1960. In the first half of the twentieth century, rural Texas was a strange, often violent, and complicated place. Nineteenth-century lifestyles persisted, blood relationships made a difference, and racial apartheid was still rigidly

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The Texas Sheriff takes a fresh, colorful, and insightful look at Texas law enforcement during the decades before 1960. In the first half of the twentieth century, rural Texas was a strange, often violent, and complicated place. Nineteenth-century lifestyles persisted, blood relationships made a difference, and racial apartheid was still rigidly enforced.

Citizens expected their county sheriff to uphold local customs as well as state laws. He had to help constituents with their personal problems, which often had little or nothing to do with law enforcement. The rural sheriff served as his county’s “Mr. Fixit,” its resident “good old boy,” and the lord of an intricate rural society.

Basing his interpretations on primary sources and extensive interviews, Thad Sitton explores the dual nature of Texas sheriffs, demonstrating their far-reaching power both to do good and to abuse the law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806134710
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
908,383
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Thad Sitton hold a Ph.D. from the University of Texas and is author of numerous articles and several award-winning books, including From Can See to Can't:Texas Cotton Farmers on the Southern Prairies and The Texas Sheriff: Lord of the County Line. The Texas Oral History Association honored him in 2001 with a lifetime Achievement Award.

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The Texas Sheriff: Lord of the County Line 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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The author has published an interesting work, lots of history, lots of facts and some real humor. This book is the result of a lot of research and many interviews. Having been a peace officer for over 40 yrs I had the honor of knowing many of the Sheriffs in this book and experienced life in the era of the 'High Sheriff'. These men for the most part did a good job with little to work with and often alone.. Good read.....