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They rode for the Lone Star : the saga of the Texas Rangers
Knowles, Thomas W., 1955-
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volumes <1- > : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 cm
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F391 .K69 1999 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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They Rode for the Lone Star pays tribute to a tradition in law enforcement that has endured from the colonial days of Texas to the threshold of the millennium. The complete story of the Rangers' unique cultural evolution is addressed-from the earliest concepts of a "ranger" as a self-reliant citizen soldier and scout to the skilled lawmen who pursue today's drug traffickers and high-tech computer criminals.

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The Texas Rangers' reputation is based to a large extent on the fact that they constitute one of the smallest, most effective law-enforcement agencies in the world. There has not been a definitive history of the Texas Rangers since Walter Prescott Webb's in 1935. Though this work is not as detailed or extensive as Webb's, it is an important update that fills a significant void. The history of the Texas Rangers, from their origin through the Civil War, is broken down into five distinct periods of service. It is illustrated throughout with rare historical photos and documents, while 22 intriguing sidebars add depth and detail to the study. The introduction by T. R. Fehrenbach points out that "this book details the facts of the early Ranger force. It does not attempt to judge." A good basis for true, accurate history. It has also received the endorsement of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum as the official history for the Texas Rangers' 175th anniversary. --Fred Egloff