One Ranger

They didn't see how any of this gear fit into the modern Ranger service. I couldn't imagine being a Ranger without it. The young Rangers are good men and a couple of good women, people of manners everyone. Nobody laughed out loud at me ...

One Ranger

A retired Texas Ranger recalls a career that took him from shootouts in South Texas to film sets in Hollywood. When his picture appeared on the cover of Texas Monthly, Joaquin Jackson became the icon of the modern Texas Rangers. Nick Nolte modeled his character in the movie Extreme Prejudice on him. Jackson even had a speaking part of his own in The Good Old Boys with Tommy Lee Jones. But the role that Jackson has always played the best is that of the man who wears the silver badge cut from a Mexican cinco peso coin, a working Texas Ranger. Legend says that one Ranger is all it takes to put down lawlessness and restore the peace: one riot, one Ranger. In this adventure-filled memoir, Joaquin Jackson recalls what it was like to be the Ranger who responded when riots threatened, violence erupted, and criminals needed to be brought to justice across a wide swath of the Texas-Mexico border from 1966 to 1993. Jackson has dramatic stories to tell. Defying all stereotypes, he was the one Ranger who ensured a fair election—and an overwhelming win for La Raza Unida party candidates—in Zavala County in 1972. He followed legendary Ranger Captain Alfred Y. Allee Sr. into a shootout at the Carrizo Springs jail that ended a prison revolt and left him with nightmares. He captured “The See More Kid,” an elusive horse thief and burglar who left clean dishes and swept floors in the houses he robbed. He investigated the 1988 shootings in Big Bend’s Colorado Canyon and tried to understand the motives of the Mexican teenagers who terrorized three river rafters and killed one. He even helped train Afghan mujahedin warriors to fight the Soviet Union. Jackson’s tenure in the Texas Rangers began when older Rangers still believed that law need not get in the way of maintaining order, and concluded as younger Rangers were turning to computer technology to help solve crimes. Though he insists, “I am only one Ranger. There was only one story that belonged to me,” his story is part of the larger story of the Texas Rangers becoming a modern law enforcement agency that serves all the people of the state. It’s a story that’s as interesting as any of the legends. And yet, Jackson’s story confirms the legends, too. With just over a hundred Texas Rangers to cover a state with 267,399 square miles, any one may become the one Ranger who, like Joaquin Jackson in Zavala County in 1972, stops one riot. “A powerful, moving read . . . One Ranger is as fascinating as the memoirs of nineteenth-century Rangers James Gillett and George Durham, and the histories by Frederick Wilkins and Walter Prescott Webb—and equally as important.” —True West “A straight-shooting book that blow[s] a few holes in the Ranger myth while providing more ammunition for the myth’s continuation. . . . Reads more like a novel than [an] autobiography.” —Austin American-Statesman

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One Ranger
Language: en
Pages: 305
Authors: H. Joaquin Jackson, David Marion Wilkinson
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-08-29 - Publisher: University of Texas Press

A retired Texas Ranger recalls a career that took him from shootouts in South Texas to film sets in Hollywood. When his picture appeared on the cover of Texas Monthly, Joaquin Jackson became the icon of the modern Texas Rangers. Nick Nolte modeled his character in the movie Extreme Prejudice
One Ranger Returns
Language: en
Pages: 253
Authors: H. Joaquin Jackson, James L. Haley
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-01-01 - Publisher: University of Texas Press

A retired Texas lawman shares stories of serial killers, labor strikes, and more, in this sequel to the runaway bestselling memoir One Ranger. No Texas Ranger memoir has captured the public’s imagination like Joaquin Jackson’s One Ranger. Readers thrilled to Jackson’s stories of catching criminals and keeping the peace across
Reminiscences of a Ranger
Language: en
Pages: 528
Authors: Horace Bell
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000-01-01 - Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

Gunfights and general lawlessness were common in the frontier cities of the American West. Tombstone and Dodge City are legendary. But neither saw violence approaching that of Los Angeles in the 1850s. In his Reminiscences of a Ranger, Horace Bell reports that "midnight raids and open day robbery and assassinations
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Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Philippines
Categories: Law
Type: BOOK - Published: 1927 - Publisher:

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The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution
Language: en
Pages: 673
Authors: Charles Houston Harris, Louis R. Sadler
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007 - Publisher: UNM Press

The decade 1910-1920 was the bloodiest in the controversial history of one of the most famous law enforcement agencies in the world--the Texas Rangers. Much of the bloodshed was along the thousand-mile Texas/Mexico border because these were the years of the Mexican Revolution. Charles Harris III and Louis Sadler shed