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A Texas Ranger

By N. A. Jennings

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In 1874, Napoleon Augustus Jennings moved to Texas to become a prominent member of the Texas Rangers tasked with border patrol under the command of L.H. McNelly.

South Texas was overrun by thieves and outlaws, and over three thousand Mexican guerrillas raided settlers on both sides of the border.

McNelly’s Rangers became famous for their often violent and murderous campaigns. Maintaining strict law in the anarchic area was not easy and they quickly gained a reputation as "fire-eating, quarrelsome daredevils”.

During this period they made over eleven hundred arrests and killed many more. McNelly ordered them “to have fun, and to carry out a set policy of terrorizing the Mexicans at every opportunity,"

Jenning’s memoir includes many accounts of these clashes with Mexican guerrillas and records well-known incidents involving McNelly — his battles with the US government and the fight at Las Cuevas with Cortuna and his raiders.

Jennings also provides first-hand accounts of scrapes with King Fisher’s outlaw band, John Wesley Hardin, and the families involved in the Taylor-Sutton feud.

In an era of cattle thieving and terror, A Texas Ranger follows Jennings through the southern border of Texas and finds a vivid first-hand portrayal of life in the late 19th century in one of the most lawless and violent places in the United States.

“If any time of the past was ever vivid and vital enough to live on through mere reporting… it was the time when McNelly’s rangers rode the bloody border of Texas. Hence it is exceedingly fortunate that a man who was to become a skilled reported rode with them and later saw reason for putting down some of the things he had been part of.” — J. Frank Dobie

Napoleon Augustus Jennings was born in Philadelphia, the son of a wealthy merchant, on January 11, 1856, and graduated from St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire. He moved to Texas in 1874 and became a ranger, that years chronicled in this book. When his father died in 1878 he returned to Philadelphia and attempted to run the family business, but was smothered by city life. He returned to the West in 1881 as a prospector, miner, stagecoach driver, and sign painter in Colorado. Jennings died in New York on December 15, 1919.

Lone Star: A History Of Texas And The Texans

By T.R. Fehrenbach

Da Capo Press
Released: 2000-04-04
Paperback (792 pages)

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Here is an up-to-the-moment history of the Lone Star State, together with an insider's look at the people, politics, and events that have shaped Texas from the beginning right up to our days. Never before has the story been told with more vitality and immediacy. Fehrenbach re-creates the Texas saga from prehistory to the Spanish and French invasions to the heyday of the cotton and cattle empires. He dramatically describes the emergence of Texas as a republic, the vote for secession before the Civil War, and the state's readmission to the Union after the War. In the twentieth century oil would emerge as an important economic resource and social change would come. But Texas would remain unmistakably Texas, because Texans "have been made different by the crucible of history; they think and act in different ways, according to the history that shaped their hearts and minds."

The History of Texas

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The History of Texas is fully revised and updated in this fifth edition to reflect the latest scholarship in its coverage of Texas history from the pre-Columbian era to the present.

  • Fully revised to reflect the most recent scholarly findings
  • Offers extensive coverage of twentieth-century Texas history
  • Includes an overview of Texas history up to the Election of 2012
  • Provides online resources for students and instructors, including a test bank, maps, presentation slides, and more

Texas: A Historical Atlas

By A. Ray Stephens

A Ray Stephens
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Texas: A Historical Atlas
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For twenty years the Historical Atlas of Texas stood as a trusted resource for students and aficionados of the state. Now this key reference has been thoroughly updated and expanded—and even rechristened. Texas: A Historical Atlas more accurately reflects the Lone Star State at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Its 86 entries feature 175 newly designed maps—more than twice the number in the original volume—illustrating the most significant aspects of the state’s history, geography, and current affairs.

The heart of the book is its wealth of historical information. Sections devoted to indigenous peoples of Texas and its exploration and settlement offer more than 45 entries with visual depictions of everything from the routes of Spanish explorers to empresario grants to cattle trails. In another 31 articles, coverage of modern and contemporary Texas takes in hurricanes and highways, power plants and population trends.

Practically everything about this atlas is new. All of the essays have been updated to reflect recent scholarship, while more than 30 appear for the first time, addressing such subjects as the Texas Declaration of Independence, early roads, slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, Texas-Oklahoma boundary disputes, and the tideland oil controversy. A dozen new entries for “Contemporary Texas” alone chart aspects of industry, agriculture, and minority demographics. Nearly all of the expanded essays are accompanied by multiple maps—everyone in full color.

The most comprehensive, state-of-the-art work of its kind, Texas: A Historical Atlas is more than just a reference. It is a striking visual introduction to the Lone Star State.

The History of Texas

By Robert A. Calvert & Gregg Cantrell

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The History of Texas
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The principle that all people make history continues to drive the Fourth Edition of our well-loved text, one that considers carefully the different cultures within the state as well as the unique heritage shared by all Texans.

Unlike other surveys of the Lone Star State, The History of Texas goes beyond accounts of well-known figures to consider the lives of ordinary Texans, as seen in the continued and expanded coverage of topics such as agriculture, industrialization, urbanization, economic disparity, migration patterns, and demographic change. Like its predecessors, the Fourth Edition features the history of folklore, music, literature, sports, religion, and other important aspects of Texas culture that help determine the flavor of Texas, past and present.

In response to the feedback of instructors and students alike, this edition has been reedited and revised, making it more accessible to student readers of all levels and representative of the very latest historical research. Additions include broader discussions of American Indian peoples, the activities in Texas of the French explorer La Salle, the lead up to and the battles and other events comprising the Texas Revolution, and the affinity between Texas and southern culture that ensued once the Republic became a state in 1845. In addition, the description of Reconstruction in Texas has been reorganized and simplified to help students grasp better this complex topic. Naturally, the final chapter has—in light of the rapid movements in politics, the economy, and culture—undergone extensive revision, bringing the coverage through the election of 2006.

Still the best-illustrated survey of Texas history, The History of Texas remains the most inclusive, relevant, and up-to-date account of all those who call the Lone Star State home.

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Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State

By Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell

Oxford University Press
Released: 2012-04-11
Paperback (528 pages)

Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State
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Gone to Texas engagingly tells the story of the Lone Star State, from the arrival of humans in the Panhandle more than 10,000 years ago to the opening of the twenty-first century. Focusing on the state's successive waves of immigrants, the book offers an inclusive view of the vast array of Texans who, often in conflict with each other and always in a struggle with the land, created a history and an idea of Texas.

Three Years Among the Comanches: The Narrative of Nelson Lee, Texas Ranger

By Nelson Lee

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Three Years Among the Comanches: The Narrative of Nelson Lee, Texas Ranger
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Three Years Among the Comanches: The Narrative of Nelson Lee, the Texas Ranger; Containing a Detailed Account of His Captivity Among the Indians, His Singular Escape Through the Instrumentality of His Watch, and Fully Illustrating Indian Life as It is...

Texas Ranger: The Epic Life of Frank Hamer, the Man Who Killed Bonnie and Clyde

By John Boessenecker

A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin
Released: 2017-07-03
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Texas Ranger: The Epic Life of Frank Hamer, the Man Who Killed Bonnie and Clyde
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The New York Times Best Seller!

“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 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.

History of Texas

By George P. Garrison

Released: 2013-01-03
Kindle Edition (147 pages)

History of Texas
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"To understand aright the making of Texas, one must see it in its proper historical relations as a part of the process by which the peoples of Europe occupied America, and which has culminated in the formation of the American Union and its dominance on the Western Continent. It is easy to see that, from the standpoint of general history, the Revolution of 1776 is but the transition to a new stage of this process. Monroe's famous annual message in 1823 officially asserted that the period of colonization from overseas was at an end; but this did not stop the flow of population, nor the shifting of political boundaries with the advance of the United States..." - George P. Garrison

Contents: European Expansion in America. Pre-Colonial Explorations of the Texas Country. Encroachments of the French. Fort Saint Louis. Counter-Expeditions of the Spanish, and the Beginnings of Texas. Mission San Francisco de los Tejas. Renewed French Encroachments. Expedition of Saint-Denis. Spanish Settlements in Texas. The Beginnings of San Antonio. Fixing a Border with the French. The Failure of the Spanish Way. Mexico at the Wheel. Anglo-American Invasions. The Fringes of Texas during the Decay of Spanish Rule. Austin's Colony. The Crowd of Empresarios. The Fredonian War. Mexican Misrule and Colonial Insubordination. The Struggle for the Constitution of 1824. The Struggle for Independence. Home Affairs of the Republic. Foreign Affairs of the Republic. Annexation and Boundary Adjustment. Statehood. Civil War And Reconstruction.

Texas History Grades 5-8: Greatways To Teach And Learn

By Linda Chavez

Plutarch Publications, Inc.
Paperback (66 pages)

Texas History Grades 5-8: Greatways To Teach And Learn
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The GREATways to Teach and LearnTM series are books intended to supplement curriculum and textbooks. The information and activities presented in Texas History Grades 5-8 engage the learner in active practice of basic skills required in this content area. Activities are designed with various learning styles in mind to include every child in the learning process. Texas History Grades 5-8 complies with State Curriculum Standards and includes a chart to assess the level at which a child is able to complete each standard presented. Students using this book will learn the state symbols, geography, and history of Texas and complete maps of major cities and geographical regions. This book was written by teachers to provide grade appropriate standards, practice, and application in a straightforward, easy to understand manner. Appropriate materials and presentation produce comprehension. Practice produces proficiency. Application produces students able to interact with the real world.

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