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The last sheriff in Texas : a true tale of violence and the vote / James P. McCollom.

McCollom, James P., (author.).

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Greenwood PL - Greenwood 976.4117 MCC (Text) 36626103880340 Adult Nonfiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781619029965
  • ISBN: 1619029960
  • Physical Description: 260 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint Press, [2017]

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Beeville, Texas, was the most American of small towns--the place that GIs had fantasized about while fighting through the ruins of Europe, a place of good schools, clean streets, and churches. Old West justice ruled, as evidenced by a 1947 shootout when outlaws surprised popular sheriff Vail Ennis at a gas station and shot him five times, point-blank, in the belly. Ennis managed to draw his gun and put three bullets in each assailant; he reloaded and shot them three times more. Time magazine's full-page article on the shooting was seen by some as a referendum on law enforcement owing to the sheriff's extreme violence, but supportive telegrams from all across America poured into Beeville's tiny post office. Yet when a second violent incident threw Ennis into the crosshairs of public opinion once again, the uprising was orchestrated by an unlikely figure: his close friend and Beeville&'s favorite son, Johnny Barnhart. Barnhart confronted Ennis in the election of 1952: a landmark standoff between old Texas, with its culture of cowboy bravery and violence, and urban Texas, with its lawyers, oil institutions, and a growing Mexican population. The town would never be the same again. The Last Sheriff in Texas is a riveting narrative about the postwar American landscape, an era grappling with the same issues we continue to face today. Debate over excessive force in law enforcement, Anglo-Mexican relations, gun control, the influence of the media, urban-rural conflict, the power of the oil industry, mistrust of politicians and the political process--all have surprising historical precedence in the story of Vail Ennis and Johnny Barnhart.
Subject: Ennis, Vail.
Sheriffs > Texas > Beeville > Case studies.
Police misconduct > Texas > Beeville > Case studies.
Elections > Texas > Beeville > Case studies.
Beeville (Tex.) > Social conditions > 20th century.
Beeville (Tex.) > Politics and government > 20th century.
Beeville (Tex.) > History > 20th century.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Law Enforcement.
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century.
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX)
Genre: Biographies.
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