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By Larry D. Ball

This rigorously researched research exhibits that even though few southwestern sheriffs have been actual gunmen they have been anticipated to wield firearms with nerve and backbone within the line of duty.

Elected for two-year phrases, frontier sheriffs have been the relevant peace-keepers in counties that have been usually higher than New England states. As officials of the courtroom, they defended settlers and guarded their estate from the ever- current violence of the frontier. Their tasks ranged from monitoring down stagecoach robbers and serving courtroom warrants to locking up drunks and quelling household disputes. Sheriffs have been additionally detention center keepers, tax creditors, quarantine inspectors, court-appointed executioners, and dogcatchers.

The breadth and element of Ball’s research, including informative lists of sheriffs, criminal hangings, and lynchings, makes this quantity the definitive paintings on frontier legislation enforcement.

Larry D. Ball is professor emeritus of background at Arkansas nation college. he's the writer of a couple of books at the American West.


"A significant contribution . . . to social, financial, and political history." -- New Mexico old Review

"Exhaustively researched and throughly illuminating." -- Western ancient Quarterly

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