Handy The Mexican government revolting against Spain The New Mexican Government was nsuccessful 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 least 3 later 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 lost 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 Enathu Suya Saritham undermannednderfunded and over worked They took part in the war with Mexico where most of the generals who would later take part in the Civil War on both sides got their original experience and tried Edificios mágicos until disbanded to defend the frontiers rightp through the Civil warThe Rangers ceased to exist during the War between the States and were not reestablished ntil 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 through their history The leaders 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 liked 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 of choice Mexicans indians and the malcontents they faced had nothing in their arsenal to match this weaponThe story is not all. T Howard Lamar author of The New Encyclopedia of the American West Sterling Prof.
In Lone Star Justice Utley discusses the first century of the iconic Texas 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 through legislation and historical documents as he examines the myth legend and fact surrounding the Rangers founding and their growth into the law enforcement agency known today The history of the Rangers is interwoven with the niue 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 leaders If you want to learn 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 A history of the Texas Rangers tracing how they evolved from a militia fighting border wars with the Indians and Mexicans to becoming a law enforcing Something Radiates unit which they are better known for An honest account which showsp 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 like Westerns Started reading last week Initially it was difficult to put down Excellent Informative Helps to Viking Slave (The Beast Kings Slave, uench the thirst for Ranger historyFinally finished this book It was a slow slog Library books to head of the lineI grewp 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 the establishment of the formal Rangers the book gives at least a sketch of the way things happened with the names and thumbnail stories of the people involved We go all the way back and a working knowledge of Texas history from other sources will come in. A splendid indeed brilliant new work by an outstanding historian of the American Wes.
Favorable Racism was rampant as well as their being Bonsai from the Wild used to fight the formation ofnions They were often too ick 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 analyizes the history of the Texas Rangers from the days of Mexican colonial Texas through the beginning of the 20th century He traces the metamorphis from local Indian fighters to a stae wide 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 I liked about the book is that Utley tells it like it was I grew p idolizing the Rangers because in the movies they were always the good guys Utley tells their early story warts and allI learned much about the Rangers For example they started or 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 the law 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 GameMaker Studio Book - RPG Design and Coding 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 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 andsually The Diary of Jack the Ripper undisciplined Utley traces their historyntil they became the heroic icons of legendAs 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 sed by guys like JEB Stewart. Essor Emeritus of History at Yale UniversityA thorough joba fine book Larry McMurt.
Robert Marshall Utley is an author and historian who has written sixteen books on the history of the American West He was a former chief historian of the National Park Service Fellow historians commend Utley as the finest historian of the American frontier in the 19th centuryThe Western History Association annually gives out the Robert M Utley Book Award for the best book published on the mili