The Texas Sheriff
Lord of the County Line
$21.95 Paperback

T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award, Texas Historical Commission

The Texas Sheriff takes a fresh, colorful, and insightful look at Texas law enforcement during the decades before 1960. In the first half of the twentieth century, rural Texas was a strange, often violent, and complicated place. Nineteenth-century lifestyles persisted, blood relationships made a difference, and racial apartheid was still rigidly enforced.

Citizens expected their county sheriff to uphold local customs as well as state laws. He had to help constituents with their personal problems, which often had little or nothing to do with law enforcement. The rural sheriff served as his county’s “Mr. Fixit,” its resident “good old boy,” and the lord of an intricate rural society.

Basing his interpretations on primary sources and extensive interviews, Thad Sitton explores the dual nature of Texas sheriffs, demonstrating their far-reaching power both to do good and to abuse the law.

About The Author

Thad Sitton hold a Ph.D. from the University of Texas and is author of numerous articles and several award-winning books, including From Can See to Can't:Texas Cotton Farmers on the Southern Prairies and The Texas Sheriff: Lord of the County Line. The Texas Oral History Association honored him in 2001 with a lifetime Achievement Award.

Book Information
17 b&w illus.
272 Pages
Paperback 978-0-8061-3471-0
Published February 2006