Boss Rule in South Texas: The Progressive Era by Evan Anders

By Evan Anders

Four males performed top roles within the political drama that opened up in South Texas through the first many years of this century:

  • James B. Wells, who governed as boss of Cameron County and served as best conservative spokesman of the Democratic get together in Texas;
  • Archer (Archie) Parr, whose ruthless strategies and misuse of public cash in Duval County proven him as probably the most notoriously corrupt politicians in Texas history;
  • Manuel Guerra, Mexican American rancher and service provider whose domination of Starr County reflected the rule of thumb of his Anglo opposite numbers within the border region;
  • John Nance Garner, who served the pursuits of those bosses of South Texas as he set forth at the street that will lead him to the USA vice-presidency.

Evan Anders' Boss Rule in South Texas tells the tale of those males and the county jewelry they formed in South Texas throughout the innovative Era.

Power used to be the byword of the bosses of the decrease Rio Grande Valley, and Anders explores the assets of that strength. those politicos didn't shirk from utilizing corrupt or even violent ability to achieve their targets, yet Anders demonstrates that their willing sensitivity to the wishes in their varied constituency was once key to their long term good fortune. Patronage and different political companies have been their lifeblood, and the allies received through those ranged from builders and businessmen to ranchers and Mexican americans, filthy rich and poor.

Besides analyzing the workings of the Democratic machines of 4 South Texas counties, Anders explores the function of the Hispanic population in shaping the politics of the border area, the commercial improvement of the reduce Rio Grande Valley and its political repercussions, the emergence and nature of innovative events at either neighborhood and country degrees, and the half performed by means of the Texas Rangers in assisting bossism in South Texas.

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Boss Rule in South Texas: The Progressive Era

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