Hood, Bonnet, and Little Brown Jug
Texas Politics, 1921-1928
Texas History
6 x 9, 584 pp.
Pub Date: 02/01/1984
Texas A&M Southwestern Studies
Price:        $19.95


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Hood, Bonnet, and Little Brown Jug

Texas Politics, 1921-1928

By Norman D. Brown

"This comprehensive volume may be considered the definitive study of Texas politics during the twenties. As the title suggests, the three main issues in the Lone Star State during that decade were prohibition, the Klan, and women; or more accurately, a woman, in politics. All were intertwined in a swirl of frenetic activity which leaves the observer breathless from his effort to unsort and understand it.
Professor Brown has done a massive and masterful job of research in his attempt to explain these complex interrelationships. In his exquisitely detailed account, he successfully relates the issues not only to each other but to national events and demonstrates thereby the importance which events and personalities in Texas bore at the bigger picture during the pre-Depression era. His accounts of the administrations of Governors Pat Neff, Miriam Ferguson, and Dan Moody are the most detailed yet written, and they illustrate well how the personal antogonisms and party factionalisms which characterized Texas politics affected the process of government. His accounts of the antics of Ma and Pa Ferguson and Fergusonism are likewise revealing."--Journal of the Southwest

NORMAN D. BROWN earned the B.A. degree from Indiana University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History were awarded by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The author of a number of books and articles on southern and Texas history, he is professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin.

What Readers Are Saying:

“Is well researched and written, an important contributions to the history of 20th century Texas.” --Amarillo Sunday News-Globe

" Adds greatly to the scholarly knowledge of Texas politics in the twentieth Century." --The Historian

" Captures the rough 'n' tumble nature of Texas politics in the 1920s when three main issues--the Ku Klux Klan (Hood), `Ma' Ferguson (Bonnet), and Prohibition (Little Brown Jug)--were the focus of attention. . . . the Texas political state, always fascinating and colorful, comes to life in Brown's book." --Southern Historian

"With a scholar's care and a storyteller's quiet sense of humor, Norman D. Brown . . . unfolds the careers of three Texas governors--Pat M. Neff, Miriam A. (`Ma') Ferguson, and Dan Moody. The issues of the day were Prohibition, the Ku Klux Klan, and the antics of Ma's husband, former governor James E. (`Ukelele Jim') Ferguson, the Populist grafter who could not serve again himself because he had been impeached in 1917." --New York Times Book Review


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