Texans are familiar with the heroics and larger-than-life characters of the Texas Rangers, but behind all that shine is a tarnish to be reckoned with. Doug J. Swanson, writing teacher at the University of Pittsburgh, member of Texas Institute of Letters and previous finalist for Pulitzer Prize, talks to host Krys Boyd about separating legend from fact when it comes to the Rangers. His book is called “Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers.”
Their exploits are portrayed in countless movies and TV shows, but author Doug Swanson says the law enforcement agency has a dark history of abuse and officially-sanctioned racial oppression — including burning villages, hunting runaway slaves and murdering Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. Swanson's book is 'Cult of Glory.' Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead looks at what he calls the "stock jazz-movie ending," a basic plot element subject to many variations.
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