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Lone Star justice : the first century of the Texas Rangers / Robert M. Utley.

By: Utley, Robert Marshall, 1929-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002Description: xiv, 370 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0195127420 (alk. paper); 9780195127423 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Texas Rangers -- History -- 19th century | Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas | Texas -- History -- 1846-1950 | Texas -- History -- Republic, 1836-1846 | Texas Rangers -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Lone Star justice.; Online version:: Lone Star justice.DDC classification: 976.4 Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
The tradition established : Jack Hays and Walker Creek -- The tradition evolves : Indians -- The tradition evolves : Mexicans -- The tradition nationalized : war with Mexico -- "Give us rangers in Texas" -- Last days of the Old Lion : Mexicans and Indians -- Chaos in frontier defense, 1861-1874 -- Institutionalizing the Rangers, 1874 -- McNelly and Hall : border adventures -- The adventures of Major Jones -- The El Paso Salt War -- "That Far Wild Country" : the Trans-Pecos and the Panhandle -- The King era, 1881-1891 -- The four captains -- End of an era -- A summing up.
Summary: Based on exhaustive research in Texas archives, this reference is a vividly written, action-packed history of the most fabled lawmen of the American West. 40 haftones. 11 maps. Texas book tour.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 346-360) and index.

The tradition established : Jack Hays and Walker Creek -- The tradition evolves : Indians -- The tradition evolves : Mexicans -- The tradition nationalized : war with Mexico -- "Give us rangers in Texas" -- Last days of the Old Lion : Mexicans and Indians -- Chaos in frontier defense, 1861-1874 -- Institutionalizing the Rangers, 1874 -- McNelly and Hall : border adventures -- The adventures of Major Jones -- The El Paso Salt War -- "That Far Wild Country" : the Trans-Pecos and the Panhandle -- The King era, 1881-1891 -- The four captains -- End of an era -- A summing up.

Based on exhaustive research in Texas archives, this reference is a vividly written, action-packed history of the most fabled lawmen of the American West. 40 haftones. 11 maps. Texas book tour.

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CHOICE Review

Utley presents a colorful view of a legendary organization. Tracing the origins of the Texas Rangers as an ad hoc frontier defense force through two wars to its reorganization as a law enforcement agency, Utley portrays the Rangers as a group that reflected the needs of Texas in its various stages of development from rebellious Mexican province to independent country and violent frontier state. Rather than writing an administrative history, Utley concentrates on legendary leaders of the Rangers through a series of vividly described clashes between the Rangers and various adversaries. These episodes are the book's strength, as Utley is adept at concisely describing complex and violent events. By concentrating on Ranger leadership, however, Utley provides only limited information about the average Ranger, leaving readers with a favorable but limited history. Utley also depicts Latinos and Native Americans as one-dimensional opponents of the Rangers--they are simply the people the Rangers shoot at with little consideration of why they are fighting. This is an entertaining history of the Rangers, but not a definitive one. General and undergraduate collections. S. J. Ramold Virginia State University

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Robert M. Utley, former chief historian of the National Park Service, is a founding member and former president of the Western History Association, and the author of twelve acclaimed books on Western history, including The Lance and the Shield: The Life of Sitting Bull and biographies of Billythe Kid and George Armstrong Custer.

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