If you have an interest in the history of the Texas Rangers, you might want to look into this book. It covers what happened during the post Ma Ferguson years and how the rangers were completely reorganized.
Thus began the next major phase in how the Texas Rangers were selected, trained and deployed, and became the force that we know today. Furthermore, it details an unlikely alliance as well as a story that is not well known even among Texas historians today.
A book signing will be conducted here in Alpine at Front Street Books, who I consider my ‘home team’ when it comes to anything having to do with literature. Further information on the book as well as the signing are listed below.
I think you might find it well worth your time.
God bless to all,
Ben H. English
WHAT: Dr. Jody Edward Ginn presents “East Texas Troubles: The Allred Rangers Cleanup of San Augustine”
WHEN: Friday, August 16, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Front Street Books
Racketeering. Extortion. Murders in broad daylight. Armed with handguns, Jim Crow regulations, and corrupt special Ranger commissions from infamous governors “Ma” and “Pa” Ferguson, the McClanahan-Burleson gang terrorized its way into power for years in San Augustine County, in rural East Texas during the 1930s.
After hardware store shootings in broad daylight in December of ’34, which weren’t the first daytime murders, white community leaders, formerly silenced by fear of the gang’s retribution, finally sought state intervention. In 1935, newly elected governor James V. Allred made good on his promise to reform state law enforcement agencies by sending a team of qualified Texas Rangers to San Augustine County to investigate. In “East Texas Troubles”, historian Jody Edward Ginn tells of their year-and-a-half-long cleanup of the county, the inaugural effort in Governor Allred’s transformation of the Texas Rangers into a professional law enforcement agency.
In this story of a rural Texas community’s resurrection, Ginn reveals a multifaceted history of the reform of the Texas Rangers and of an unexpected alliance between the legendary frontier lawmen and black residents of the Jim Crow South.
A former law enforcement officer, Jody Edward Ginn is an adjunct professor of history for Austin Community College and a mulitmedia consultant, writer, and producer. He coauthored “Palmito Ranch: From Civil War Battlefield to National Historic Landmark”.