Michael L. Collins’s A Crooked River is a continuation of his book Texas Devils: Rangers and Regulars on the Lower Rio Grande (University of Oklahoma Press, 2010). Where his earlier book examined conflict on the lower Rio Grande from the U.S. invasion in 1846 to 1861, Crooked River considers the region from the U.S. Civil War through the end of Reconstruction. Collins provides a history of the region in the midst of upheaval and focuses particularly on “lawlessness” and violent policing (5). The book’s self-stated goal is to provide “the story Walter Prescott Webb never told” [End Page 471] (12), meaning Collins seeks to examine Texas Rangers’ and the Anglo-controlled Texas government’s efforts to subjugate the borderlands in a more critical light.
Díaz, George T. Review of A Crooked River: Rustlers, Rangers, and Regulars on the Lower Rio Grande, 1861–1877, by Michael L. Collins. Southwestern Historical Quarterly 122, no. 4 (2019): 471-472. doi:10.1353/swh.2019.0037.
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