Texas Rangers A Century of Frontier Defense

ISBN-10: 0292781105

ISBN-13: 9780292781108

Edition: 2nd 1996 (Reprint)

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In The Texas Rangers, published by UT Press in 1965, Walter Prescott Webb told the story of this unique law enforcement agency as no one else could. Forsaking the historian' ivory tower, Webb rode with the Rangers in the days when desperate, greedy men thought the border between Texas and Mexico was an open gate to bootleggers. He loved the harsh country through which the Rangers rode, and he loved the tempering of the steel within the Rangers that came from a life short on comfort and long on danger.The Texas Rangers grew out of the stories Webb heard around Ranger campfires at night, as the men drank coffee and swapped tales of their adventures. In this audiobook, popular Texas folk singer Steve Fromholz brings to life the very best of those stories. Two tapes offer nearly two hours of listening pleasure. The book was abridged by Turk Pipkin.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/1965
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

A regional historian of imagination and vision, Walter Prescott Webb presented his studies of the frontier, the Great Plains, and his beloved Texas in terms that enhanced the reader's understanding of the entire national experience. Born into a poor East Texas family at a time when the plains were succumbing to the pressure of white civilization, he was a true product of his environment and liked to say that he had begun research on his classical study The Great Plains (1931) "when I was four." Trained at the University of Texas, he began teaching there as well in 1918; yet a series of misadventures prevented him from receiving his Ph.D. until 1932. In 1938 he was Harkness lecturer in American history at the University of London and several years later Harmsworth Professor of American history at Oxford University. Although Webb's work excited controversy and sharp criticism in some quarters, it inspired significant new thinking about the role of regionalism and the environment in the nation's history. In his presidential address to the American Historical Association in 1958, Webb spoke of "History as High Adventure," an apt reflection of his lifelong approach to his work.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
They Rode Straight Up to Death: A Preface
Texas: A Conflict of Civilizations
Out of the Revolution
The Rangers and the Republic
From Cherokee to Comanche
The Captain Comes
The Texas Rangers in the Mexican War
First Years in the Union
The Bloody Years, 1858-1859
The Cortinas War on the Rio Grande
Sam Houston's Grand Plan
The State Police
McNelly and His Men in Southwest Texas
McNelly and the War of Las Cuevas
McNelly's Successors
The Frontier Battalion
The El Paso Salt War
Sam Bass: Texas's Beloved Bandit
The End of the Indian Trail: The Rangers in the Far West
The Closed Frontier: Last Services of the Frontier Battalion
The Texas Rangers in the Twentieth Century
Revolution, World War, and Prohibition
Frank Hamer: Modern Texas Ranger
Some Adventures of a Ranger Historian
Bibliography
Index
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