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Author LeJeune, Keagan, 1972-

Title Always for the underdog : Leather Britches Smith and the Grabow War / Keagan LeJeune
Edition First edition
Published Denton, Tex. : University of North Texas Press, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 220 pages) : illustrations, map
Series Texas Folklore Society extra book ; no. 23
Texas Folklore Society extra book ; no. 23
Contents The Sabine River Bottom swamp -- Meanness, just across the river -- No Man's Land -- Shot a chicken's head clean off -- Always for the underdog -- The Grabow War -- They didn't give the man a chance -- The outlaw applied
Summary Louisiana's Neutral Strip, an area of pine forests, squats between the Calcasieu and Sabine Rivers on the border of East Texas. Originally a lawless buffer zone between Spain and the United States, its hardy residents formed tight-knit communities for protection and developed a reliance on self, kin, and neighbor. In the early 1900s, the timber boom sliced through the forests and disrupted these dense communities. Mill towns sprang up, and the promise of money lured land speculators, timber workers, unionists, and a host of other characters, such as the outlaw Leather Britches Smith. That moment continues to shape the place's cultural consciousness, and people today fashion a lore connected to this time. In a fascinating exploration of the region, Keagan LeJeune unveils the legend of Leather Britches, paralleling the stages of the outlaw's life to the Neutral Strip's formation. LeJeune retells each stage of Smith's life: his notorious past, his audacious deeds of robbery and even generosity, his rumored connection to a local union strike--the Grabow War--significant in the annals of labor history, and his eventual death. As the outlaw's life vividly unfolds, Always for the Underdog also reveals the area's history and cultural landscape. Often using the particulars of one small town as a representative example, the book explores how the region remembers and reinterprets the past in order to navigate a world changing rapidly
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Smith, Leather Britches, -1912.
Brotherhood of Timber Workers -- History -- 20th century.
Folklore and history -- Louisiana.
Grabow Riot, Grabow, La., 1912.
Labor disputes -- Louisiana -- History -- 20th century.
Lumber trade -- Louisiana -- History -- 20th century.
Outlaws in popular culture -- Louisiana.
Outlaws -- Louisiana -- Biography.
Grabow (La.) -- History.
Neutral Ground (La.) -- Social life and customs.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 128310900X
1574413465 (electronic bk.)
9781574413465 (electronic bk.)