The Texas Sheriff: Lord of the County Line

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806134710
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,433,908
  • 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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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS:


List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Shire Reeves and Feudists
1. Politics, First Terms, and More Politics
2. Life in the Jail and Trade Craft
3. Whiskey and Blood
4. A Friend at the Courthouse
Epilogue: Last Days of the High Sheriff
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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