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Texas Devils: Rangers and Regulars on the Lower Rio Grande, 1846-1861

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The Texas Rangers have been the source of tall tales and the stuff of legend as well as a growing darker reputation. But the story of the Rangers along the Mexican border between Texas statehood and the onset of the Civil War has been largely overlookedandmdash;until now.

This engaging history pulls readers back to a chaotic time along the lower Rio Grande in the mid-nineteenth century. Texas Devils challenges the time-honored image of andldquo;good guys in white hatsandrdquo; to reveal the more complicated and sobering reality behind the Ranger Myth.

Michael L. Collins demonstrates that, rather than bringing peace to the region, the Texas Rangers contributed to the violence and were often brutal in their injustices against Spanish-speaking inhabitants, who dubbed them los diablos Tejanosandmdash;the Texas devils. Collins goes beyond other, more laudatory Ranger histories to focus on the origins of the legend, casting Ranger immortals such as John Coffee andldquo;Jackandrdquo; Hays, Ben McCulloch, and John S. andldquo;Ripandrdquo; Ford in a new and not always flattering light.

In revealing a barbaric code of conduct on the Rio Grande frontier, Collins shows that much of the Ranger Myth doesnandrsquo;t hold up to close historical scrutiny. Texas Devils offers exciting true stories of the Rangers for anyone captivated by their legend, even as it provides a corrective to that legend.

Book News Annotation:

For many today, The Lone Ranger was their introduction to the myth of the Texas Rangers, "good guys in white hats" bringing justice to the frontier. Collins (history, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas) revises the myth, promulgated by Texas historians as well as writers of fiction. Using primary material, he paints a darker picture of the Rangers, from their inception in 1846 to their official (though not actual) disbanding in 1861. While relating incidents of terrorism, torture, lynching and other abuses, Collins also puts the Rangers into the context of the time in which brutalities were perpetuated by Mexican bandits and Native Americans on the Anglo-American settlers. In no way condoning the atrocities, he explained the real and perceived threats, as well and nationalism and racism that helped to create the myth of the valiant Rangers. Rather than negating the myth, he brings it in line with a complex reality. Collins gives a vivid portrait of the larger-than-life participants in the story, including the young army officer sent to evaluate the Rangers, Colonel Robert E. Lee. It was Lee who recommended the formal dissolution of the Rangers, many of whom became the Confederate Second Texas Mounted Rifles. Collins presents an image of Texas history less glorious but every bit as fascinating as the legend. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Reconsidering the myth of "good guys in white hats"

Synopsis:

The Texas Rangers have been the source of tall tales and the stuff of legend as well as a growing darker reputation. But the story of the Rangers along the Mexican border between Texas statehood and the onset of the Civil War has been largely overlookedandmdash;until now. This engaging history pulls readers back to a chaotic time along the lower Rio Grande in the mid-nineteenth century. Texas Devils challenges the time-honored image of andldquo;good guys in white hatsandrdquo; to reveal the more complicated and sobering reality behind the Ranger Myth.

About the Author

Michael L. Collins, Regents Professor of History at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, is coauthor of Profiles in Power: Twentieth-Century Texans in Washington and author of That Damned Cowboy: Theodore Roosevelt and the American West, 1883-1898.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806139395
Subtitle:
Rangers and Regulars on the Lower Rio Grande, 1846and#150;1861
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Author:
Collins, Michael L.
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Conflict of Laws
Subject:
Lower Rio Grande Valley (Tex.) History.
Subject:
Lower Rio Grande Valley (Tex.)
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Subject:
Educators
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20081020
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 b&w illus., 3 maps
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.8 in 1.28 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Americana » Southwest
History and Social Science » Americana » Texas
History and Social Science » Law » Legal Guides and Reference
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » World History » General

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The Texas Rangers have been the source of tall tales and the stuff of legend as well as a growing darker reputation. But the story of the Rangers along the Mexican border between Texas statehood and the onset of the Civil War has been largely overlookedandmdash;until now. This engaging history pulls readers back to a chaotic time along the lower Rio Grande in the mid-nineteenth century. Texas Devils challenges the time-honored image of andldquo;good guys in white hatsandrdquo; to reveal the more complicated and sobering reality behind the Ranger Myth.
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