Robert M. Utley Ø 7 SummaryIn Lone Star Justice Utley discusses the first century of the iconic Texas Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea lawmen the Texas Rangers Tracing their history as a civilian force drawn together to protect settlers against Indian and Mexican raids Utley takes the reader throughegislation and historical documents as he examines the myth Paradox Bound legend and fact surrounding the Rangers founding and their growth into theaw enforcement agency known today The history of the Rangers is interwoven with the uniue history of Texas itself and makes for some great reading The one thing Utley doesn t shy away from it the fact that not all the Ranger were exemplary men Some were brutes and bullies driven be a deep seated cultural prejudice against Mexicans and Native American but the ones that stand out were also courageous natural born eaders If you want to earn about the Rangers this is a great place to start Like all frontiers Texas from its earliest days attracted its share of adventurers speculators scoundrels thieves and refugees from debt the sheriff or a shrewish wife But what made it uniue among American frontiers was the raiding horse Indian tribes who swept down out of the Panhandle and New Mexico and even after Annexation seemed unable to understand that Texans and Americans were one and the same and the Mexican raiders some with official sanction others merely civilian opportunists who repeatedly made incursions across the Rio Grande To meet these as e A history of the Texas Rangers tracing how they evolved from a militia fighting border wars with the Indians and Mexicans to becoming a aw enforcing unit which they are better known for An honest account which shows up the best in the Ranger tradition but does not shy away from their worst defeats and rogues who shamed the Ranger name The second half of the book tracing the Ranger exploits as they tracked outlaws and engaged in shootouts was a particularly exciting #read Recommended if you ike Westerns Started reading ast week Initially it #Recommended if you ike Westerns Started reading Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays last week Initially it difficult to put down Excellent Informative Helps to uench the thirst for Ranger historyFinally finished this book It was a slow slog Library books to head of theineI grew up on westerns and the Texas Rangers were a standard there was even a TV series from 1955 to 1959 though it was a sort of non typical format This book while not the best out there isn t badWe start with the Texas revolution and the Texas Ranging Companys conceived by Stephen Austin and follow the history of the Rangers through the years The character of the Rangers changed over the years From citizen soldiers often in temporary service on to A splendid indeed brilliant new work by an outstanding historian of the American Wes. Of choice Mexicans indians and the malcontents they faced had nothing in their arsenal to match this weaponThe story is not all favorable Racism was rampant as well as their being used to fight the formation of unions They were often too uick to dispense justice by the gun rather than taking the time and effort to see a situation for what it really wasGreat history and excellent #Writing Utley The History Of The Texas Rangers From #Utley analyizes history of the Texas Rangers from days of Mexican colonial Texas through the beginning of the 20th century He traces the metamorphis from ocal Indian fighters to a stae wide What a Lass Wants law enforcement agency Both good and bad are presented although he protrays the Democratic party as heroic saints Thie work is not a rah rah fluff piece What Iiked about the book is that Utley tells it Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis: Advice from Twentysomethings Who Have Been There and Survived like it was I grew up idolizing the Rangers because in the movies they were always the good guys Utley tells their early story warts and allIearned much about the Rangers For example they started or Mexican Hooker less as a citizen militia to fight Comanches and then the Mexicans during the Texas War for Independence They stayed that way gradually becoming concerned with the Comanche and Kiowa than with the Mexicans after the war with the US in 1848By 1875 the Comanche and Kiowas had been defeated and the Rangers became theaw enforcement agency we know today In that role they earned the fame they deserveI started to read Utley many years ago and found this volume at a used book store Books about the history of the American West in the opinion of book buyers do not rank with books about the history of the American Revolution the American Civil War or World War II But there is no The League for the Suppression of Celery lack of adventure excitement or colorful characters in the history of the American West and there is no better chronicler of that history than Robert M UtleyIn Lone Star Justice Utley captured all the passion and drama that was the early years of the Texas Rangers Beginning as a rag tag group of volunteer militiamen always brave and usually undisciplined Utley traces their history until they became the heroic icons ofegendAs a son of Texas familiar with the Alamo and San Jacinto Utley enriched my historical knowledge of the vital role the Texas Rangers played in shaping protecting and mythologizing the great state of Texas And for that I m grateful Very fun and easy read of Texas Rangers One thing to remember when they talk about Mexican bandits most of the time it is Mexican ranchers getting back Nana s cattle But it shows the formation of a suad of justice that eventually formed the calvary used by guys ike JEB Stewar. Essor Emeritus of History at Yale UniversityA thorough joba fine book Larry McMurt. He establishment of the formal Rangers the book gives at east a sketch of the way things happened with the names and thumbnail stories of the people involved we go all of the people involved We go all way back and a working knowledge of Texas history from other sources will come in handy The Mexican government revolting against Spain The New Mexican Government was unsuccessful in coaxing it s citizens to colonize north of the Rio Grande river Failing this they worked out a deal with Stephen Austin who moved in 300 settlers The hope was that the Anglo settlers would form a sort of buffer between the Mexican ranchers and the northern Indian Native American tribes notably the Comanche this didn t work out Originally formed because the Republic of Texas couldn t afford an actual army the Rangers stood as a combination army and police force for many years The Mexican war was far from a cut and dried event and at east 3 ater invasions from Mexico took place after the Republic was formed Once a force of 1600 Mexican Lancers were scouted by a force of around sixty Rangersthe Rangers ost that encounterFrom dealing with invaders from the south and Native American confrontations from all three other directions to policing actual bandits rustlers etc the Rangers were always undermanned underfunded and over worked They took part in the war with Mexico where most of the generals who would ater take part in the Civil War on both sides got their original experience and tried until disbanded to defend the frontiers right up through the Civil warThe Rangers ceased to exist during the War between the States and were not reestablished until after the folding of the Republican post war government and it s some notorious state police ceased to exist Here the writer tries to deal with the sensitive subject of were the state police all badwas the next administration Democrat raciest andor pro Confederacy I d suggest here that you do your own research and not settle #on a single source Just me Almost everyone has an ax to grindWe then follow the Rangers #a single source Just me Almost everyone has an ax to grindWe then follow the Rangers their history The eaders the personalities the well know outlaws John Wesley Hardin and Sam Bass for example This is a fairly interesting book I ve read those I iked and those that were interesting or better written but I ve read worse to Not a bad bookeven pretty good 3 Stars This is an excellent history of the Texas Rangers and how they evolved into the responsibilities of protecting citizens of Texas first as a Republic and then as a state What provided the Rangers their success when others had failed was the adoption of the Colt six shooter as their gun. T Howard Lamar author of The New Encyclopedia of the American West Sterling Prof.
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