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Cult of Glory

Cult of Glory
  • Author : Doug J. Swanson
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2020-06-09
  • Total pages :480
  • ISBN : 9781101979884
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Summary : “Swanson has done a crucial public service by exposing the barbarous side of the Rangers.” —The New York Times Book Review A twenty-first century reckoning with the legendary Texas Rangers that does justice to their heroic moments while also documenting atrocities, brutality, oppression, and corruption The Texas Rangers came to life in 1823, when Texas was still part of Mexico. Nearly 200 years later, the Rangers are still going--one of the most famous of all law enforcement agencies. In Cult of Glory, Doug J. Swanson has written a sweeping account of the Rangers that chronicles their epic, daring escapades while showing how the white and propertied power structures of Texas used them as enforcers, protectors and officially sanctioned killers. Cult of Glory begins with the Rangers' emergence as conquerors of the wild and violent Texas frontier. They fought the fierce Comanches, chased outlaws, and served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War. As Texas developed, the Rangers were called upon to catch rustlers, tame oil boomtowns, and patrol the perilous Texas-Mexico border. In the 1930s they began their transformation into a professionally trained police force. Countless movies, television shows, and pulp novels have celebrated the Rangers as Wild West supermen. In many cases, they deserve their plaudits. But often the truth has been obliterated. Swanson demonstrates how the Rangers and their supporters have operated a propaganda machine that turned agency disasters and misdeeds into fables of triumph, transformed murderous rampages--including the killing of scores of Mexican civilians--into valorous feats, and elevated scoundrels to sainthood. Cult of Glory sets the record straight. Beginning with the Texas Indian wars, Cult of Glory embraces the great, majestic arc of Lone Star history. It tells of border battles, range disputes, gunslingers, massacres, slavery, political intrigue, race riots, labor strife, and the dangerous lure of celebrity. And it reveals how legends of the American West--the real and the false--are truly made.

Texas Ranger

Texas Ranger
  • Author : James Patterson
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-08-13
  • Total pages :400
  • ISBN : 9780316556682
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Summary : Instant #1 New York Times bestseller In James Patterson's white-hot Western thriller, a Texas Ranger fights for his life, his freedom, and the town he loves as he investigates his ex-wife's murder. Across the ranchlands and cities of his home state, Rory Yates's discipline and law-enforcement skills have carried him far: from local highway patrolman to the honorable rank of Texas Ranger. He arrives in his hometown to find a horrifying crime scene and a scathing accusation: he is named a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife, Anne, a devoted teacher whose only controversial act was ending her marriage to a Ranger. In search of the killer, Yates plunges into the inferno of the most twisted and violent minds he's ever encountered, vowing to never surrender. That code just might bring him out alive.

Time of the Rangers

Time of the Rangers
  • Author : Mike Cox
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-08-18
  • Total pages :512
  • ISBN : 1429941162
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Summary : Following up on his magnificent history of the 19th century Texas Rangers, Mike Cox now takes us from 1900 through the present. From horseback to helicopters, from the frontier cattle days through the crime-ridden boom-or-bust oil field era, from Prohibition to World War II espionage to the violent ethnic turbulence of the ‘50s and ‘60s--which sometimes led to demands that the Texas Rangers be disbanded. Cox takes readers through the modern history of the famed Texas lawmen. Cox's position as a spokesperson for the Texas department of Public Safety allowed him to comb the archives and conduct extensive personal interviews to give us this remarkable account of how a tough group of horse-borne lawmen--too prone to hand out roadside justice, critics complained--to one of the world's premier investigative agencies, respected and admired worldwide. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers
  • Author : Walter Prescott Webb
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1965
  • Total pages :608
  • ISBN : 9780292781108
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Summary : The Texas Rangers presents one of the most picturesque phases of Texas history, capturing the spirit of a fabled institution.

The Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers
  • Author : Walter Prescott Webb
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1965
  • Total pages :583
  • ISBN : UOM:39015002677634
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Summary : Episodes from the history of the Texas Rangers reveal the deeds of the men who fostered the growth and success of the state law enforcement agency

The Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers
  • Author : Charles River Charles River Editors
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-07-25
  • Total pages :92
  • ISBN : 197391350X
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Summary : *Includes pictures *Includes contemporary accounts of the Rangers *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading In the second decade of the 19th century, the precarious state of America's transatlantic relationships began to stabilize. The War of 1812 ended, and the border status with Canada grew somewhat more settled. Turning its efforts toward the taming of an unwelcoming West, the young country faced new and less well-understood enemies. These included a vast array of indigenous Native American tribes, a general lawlessness roaming free from an absence of social protections, and Mexico's historical claims on a large swath of the westernmost portions of the continent. The contested ownership of Texas produced hostility over the following decades in what is now the 28th American state. The threat of relocating the border with Mexico far to the south at the Rio Grande River was seen as an American land grab of enormous proportions. The Comanche and other large tribes of the region, forced out by farmed acreage and barbed wire fence, viewed the onslaught of American settlement in much the same way. Within these cultural and legal collisions, an outlaw culture took advantage of the structural void. The creation of the Texas Rangers as a response to Indian retaliations and renegade assaults on the banking and transportation systems was born of a need to react quickly. Special skills were required, and unlike the military, resourcefulness and improvisatory thinking were prized alongside obedience to orders. Author Mike Cox described the ideal Texas Ranger as one who is "able to handle any situation without definite instruction from his commanding officer." It is this resourcefulness, a colorful and non-conformist personality, and a sense of vigilantism that has lent the Texas Rangers a special charisma since their formation. From 19th-century newspaper articles and short stories through early films, the legend of this paramilitary organization has never been without a willing audience. The Ranger's Bride was released in 1901, followed by The Border Ranger and The Ranger and His Horse over the next four years. Radio of the 1940s created a sensation with its treatment of the old Lone Ranger story. The tale continued to bloom in television with Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels as the Ranger and his companion, Tonto. Karate champion Chuck Norris continued the trend with his serial titled Walker, Texas Ranger, employing the name of a famous figure from the Rangers' early years. Uniformly idealized, the true nature of the organization could not be accurately captured by entertainment media. The behavior of the famed citizen protectors fluctuated consistently through their almost two-century existence, complete with tales of heroism and a string of atrocities committed against the innocent. The Texas Rangers: The History and Legacy of the West's Most Famous Law Enforcement Agency chronicles the remarkable story of the Rangers and their place in fact, legend, and lore. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Texas Rangers like never before.

Texas Ranger

Texas Ranger
  • Author : John Boessenecker
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-04-26
  • Total pages :496
  • ISBN : 9781466879867
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Summary : The New York Times bestseller! “Frank Hamer, last of the old breed of Texas Rangers, has not fared well in history or popular culture. John Boessenecker now restores this incredible Ranger to his proper place alongside such fabled lawmen as Wyatt Earp and Eliot Ness. Here is a grand adventure story, told with grace and authority by a master historian of American law enforcement. Frank Hamer can rest easy as readers will finally learn the truth behind his amazing career, spanning the end of the Wild West through the bloody days of the gangsters.” --Paul Andrew Hutton, author of The Apache Wars To most Americans, Frank Hamer is known only as the “villain” of the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. Now, in Texas Ranger, historian John Boessenecker sets out to restore Hamer’s good name and prove that he was, in fact, a classic American hero. From the horseback days of the Old West through the gangster days of the 1930s, Hamer stood on the front lines of some of the most important and exciting periods in American history. He participated in the Bandit War of 1915, survived the climactic gunfight in the last blood feud of the Old West, battled the Mexican Revolution’s spillover across the border, protected African Americans from lynch mobs and the Ku Klux Klan, and ran down gangsters, bootleggers, and Communists. When at last his career came to an end, it was only when he ran up against another legendary Texan: Lyndon B. Johnson. Written by one of the most acclaimed historians of the Old West, Texas Ranger is the first biography to tell the full story of this near-mythic lawman.

The Texas Rangers in Transition

The Texas Rangers in Transition
  • Author : Charles H. Harris,Louis R. Sadler
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2019-04-25
  • Total pages :560
  • ISBN : 0806162600
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Summary : Newly rich in oil money, and all the trouble it could buy, Texas in the years following World War I underwent momentous changes--and those changes propelled the transformation of the state's storied Rangers. Charles H. Harris III and Louis R. Sadler explore this important but relatively neglected period in the Texas Rangers' history in this book, a sequel to their award-winning The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution: The Bloodiest Decade, 1910-1920. In a Texas awash in booze and oil in the Prohibition years, the Rangers found themselves riding herd on gamblers and bootleggers, but also tasked with everything from catching murderers to preventing circus performances on Sunday. The Texas Rangers in Transition takes up the Rangers' story at a time of political turmoil, as the largely rural state was rapidly becoming urban. At the same time, law enforcement was facing an epidemic of bank robberies, an increase in organized crime, the growth of the Ku Klux Klan, Prohibition enforcement--new challenges that the Rangers met by transitioning from gunfighters to criminal investigators. Steeped in tradition, reluctant to change, the agency was reduced to its nadir in the depths of the Depression, the victim of slashed appropriations, an antagonistic governor, and mediocre personnel. Harris and Sadler document the further and final change that followed when, in 1935, the Texas Rangers were moved from the governor's control to the newly created Department of Public Safety. This proved a watershed in the Rangers' history, marking their transformation into a modern law enforcement agency, the elite investigative force that they remain to this day.

Lambshead Before Interwoven

Lambshead Before Interwoven
  • Author : Frances Mayhugh Holden
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1982
  • Total pages :230
  • ISBN : UOM:39015002679721
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Summary : The history of Lambshead Ranch which is located in Throckmorton and Shackelford counties, Texas. The Lambshead Ranch area was occupied by several persons, including Randolph March, Robert Neighbors, and Jesse Stem, an Indian agent, who established an Indian agency there. Stem was killed by Indians, and his wife oversaw expansion of the ranch. The ranch is named for Thomas Lambshead, born in 1805 in England, who emigrated to Texas around 1847. Thomas bought land in the nearby Round Mountain Creek area. Whether Thomas ever lived on Lambshead is not known. John A. Matthews located on Lambshead in 1897, and brought his family to the ranch in 1915.

That's the Way I Remember It

That's the Way I Remember It
  • Author : Joey D. Gordon
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2020-03
  • Total pages :229
  • ISBN : 1734524804
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Summary : Stories about the historic Texas Rangers and their firearms

To Love a Texas Ranger

To Love a Texas Ranger
  • Author : Linda Broday
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-10-04
  • Total pages :416
  • ISBN : 1492630179
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Summary : First in a thrilling Historical Western Romance series from NYT and USA Today bestselling author Linda Broday HISTORICAL WESTERN ROMANCE All Texas Ranger Sam Legend wants is time to recuperate at his family ranch, but fate has other plans. Swept into a desperate battle to save a woman on the run from a ruthless band of outlaws, Sam must put everything on the line to win the day. Sierra awakens a dream Sam thought long dead and ignites a passion he believed impossible. As she finds her way into his heart, Sam will do anything to save her—even enlist the help of his outlaw half-brother. In Texas, some legends are born, some are made, and some are forged by destiny. Which will he be?

Texas Rangers

Texas Rangers
  • Author : Ryan Basen
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011
  • Total pages :48
  • ISBN : 1617140619
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Summary : Presents a history of the Texas Rangers baseball team, and includes profiles of past and present players, statistics, photographs, a timeline, and quotes.

The Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers
  • Author : Walter Prescott Webb
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2010-07-22
  • Total pages :608
  • ISBN : 9780292786691
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Summary : Webb's classic history of the Texas Rangers has been popular ever since its first publication in 1935. This edition is a reproduction of the original Houghton Mifflin edition.

Texas Range and Pasture

Texas Range and Pasture
  • Author : Henry Turney
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1971
  • Total pages :123
  • ISBN : OCLC:13976662
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The Injustice Never Leaves You

The Injustice Never Leaves You
  • Author : Monica Muñoz Martinez
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-09-03
  • Total pages :400
  • ISBN : 9780674989382
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Summary : Winner of the Caughey Western History Prize Winner of the Robert G. Athearn Award Winner of the Lawrence W. Levine Award Winner of the TCU Texas Book Award Winner of the NACCS Tejas Foco Nonfiction Book Award Winner of the María Elena Martínez Prize Frederick Jackson Turner Award Finalist “A page-turner...Haunting...Bravely and convincingly urges us to think differently about Texas’s past.” —Texas Monthly Between 1910 and 1920, self-appointed protectors of the Texas–Mexico border—including members of the famed Texas Rangers—murdered hundreds of ethnic Mexicans living in Texas, many of whom were American citizens. Operating in remote rural areas, officers and vigilantes knew they could hang, shoot, burn, and beat victims to death without scrutiny. A culture of impunity prevailed. The abuses were so pervasive that in 1919 the Texas legislature investigated the charges and uncovered a clear pattern of state crime. Records of the proceedings were soon filed away as the Ranger myth flourished. A groundbreaking work of historical reconstruction, The Injustice Never Leaves You has upended Texas’s sense of its own history. A timely reminder of the dark side of American justice, it is a riveting story of race, power, and prejudice on the border. “It’s an apt moment for this book’s hard lessons...to go mainstream.” —Texas Observer “A reminder that government brutality on the border is nothing new.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

Texas Ranger

Texas Ranger
  • Author : John Boessenecker
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-07-04
  • Total pages :528
  • ISBN : 1250131596
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Summary : To most Americans, Frank Hamer is known only as the "villain" of the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. Now, in Texas Ranger, historian John Boessenecker sets out to restore Hamer's good name and prove that he was, in fact, a classic American hero. From the horseback days of the Old West through the gangster days of the 1930s, Hamer stood on the frontlines of some of the most important and exciting periods in American history. He participated in the Bandit War of 1915, survived the climactic gunfight in the last blood feud of the Old West, battled the Mexican Revolution's spillover across the border, protected African Americans from lynch mobs and the Ku Klux Klan, and ran down gangsters, bootleggers, and Communists. When at last his career came to an end, it was only when he ran up against another legendary Texan: Lyndon B. Johnson. Written by one of the most acclaimed historians of the Old West, Texas Ranger is the first biography to tell the full story of this near-mythic lawman.

Ranger Protection

Ranger Protection
  • Author : Lynn Shannon
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2020-07-11
  • Total pages :230
  • ISBN : 1953244033
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John B. Armstrong, Texas Ranger and Pioneer Ranchman

John B. Armstrong, Texas Ranger and Pioneer Ranchman
  • Author : Chuck Parsons
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2007
  • Total pages :150
  • ISBN : 9781603444965
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Summary : As Elmer Kelton notes in his afterword to this book, "Chuck Parsons' biography is a long-delayed and much-justified tribute to Armstrong's service to Texas." Parsons fills in the missing details of a Ranger and rancher's life, correcting some common misconceptions and adding to the record of a legendary group of lawmen and pioneers.

Lone Star Lawmen

Lone Star Lawmen
  • Author : Robert M. Utley
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2007-03-05
  • Total pages :416
  • ISBN : 9780199882472
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Summary : 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.

The Story of the Texas Rangers

The Story of the Texas Rangers
  • Author : Adele Richardson
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2007-07
  • Total pages :48
  • ISBN : 1583415025
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Summary : Examines the history, players, and future of the Texas Rangers baseball team.

Life on the Texas Range

Life on the Texas Range
  • Author : J. Evetts Haley
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1994
  • Total pages :112
  • ISBN : 9780292776838
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Summary : First published in 1953, this photographic record of the real life and work of cowboys remains a perennial favorite. Erwin E. Smith was the outstanding cowboy photographer of the West, and these eighty photographs were among those he chose for an exhibit of his best work at the 1936 Texas Centennial. The text by J. Evetts Haley, a noted historian of the range, skillfully complements Smith's visual record of a vanishing way of life.