The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution: The Bloodiest Decade, 1910-1920

The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution: The Bloodiest Decade, 1910-1920


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The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution: The Bloodiest Decade, 1910-1920 by Charles H. Harris, Louis R. Sadler

The decade 1910-1920 was the bloodiest in the controversial history of one of the most famous law enforcement agencies in the world--the Texas Rangers. Much of the bloodshed was along the thousand-mile Texas/Mexico border because these were the years of the Mexican Revolution.

Charles Harris III and Louis Sadler shed new light on this turbulent period by uncovering the clandestine role of Mexican President Venustiano Carranza in the border violence. They document two virtually unknown invasions of Texas by Mexican Army troops acting under Carranza's orders. Harris and Sadler suggest the notorious "Plan de San Diego," usually portrayed by historians as a plot hatched in South Texas, was actually spawned in Mexico by Carranza. This irredentist conspiracy, which called for the execution of all Anglo males sixteen and older and the establishment of a Hispanic republic, was designed to cause a race war between Hispanics and Anglos. One of Carranza's goals was to end the support being given by border residents to his rival Pancho Villa.

The "Plan de San Diego" caused the governor of Texas to order the Texas Rangers to wipe out the insurgency along the border. This resulted in an estimated 300 Hispanics being killed by the Rangers and others without benefit of judge and jury.

The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution is the first Ranger history to utilize Mexican government archives and the voluminous declassified FBI records on the Mexican Revolution.

"There is no other book that focuses on the Texas Rangers in the period 1910-1920. This will be the standard book on the Rangers for this period and probably the most thoroughly researched book on the Rangers in any period."--Alwyn Barr, Professor of History, Texas Tech University

"Harris and Sadler provide the first definitive evaluation of the Texas Rangers and their activities during the first and most violent decade of the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920. This is a really outstanding, important work"--William H. Beezley, Professor of Latin American History, University of Arizona

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826334848
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 03/16/2007
Pages: 687
Sales rank: 299,157
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Charles H. Harris III is emeritus history professor at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces.

Louis R. Sadler is emeritus history professor at New Mexico State University.

Table of Contents

Illustrations     VIII
Acknowledgments     XII
Introduction     1
The Texas State Ranger Force     15
On the Defensive     29
The Colquitt Years, 1911-1915
Revolution in Mexico     65
Enforcing Neutrality     86
The Revolution Intensifies     114
International Complications     162
The Ferguson Years, 1915-1917
Ferguson Rangers     189
The Plan de San Diego     210
The Bandit War (July-August)     248
The Bandit War (September-October)     278
The Plan de San Diego Resurfaces     298
The Hobby Years, 1917-1921
World War     321
Wartime Rangers     340
More Wartime Rangers     361
Hanson's Empire     383
Postwar Problems     405
The Investigation     427
Aftermath     462
Peace on the Border     484
Epilogue     499
Conclusion     502
The Texas Rangers, 1910-1921     507
Abbreviations     576
Bibliography     643
Notes     578
Index     653
About the Authors     672

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