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Stories to Learn about the Texas RangersThe Texas Rangers are older than Texas itself—at least by one metric. Stephen F. Austin created the group of cowboy-lawmen in 1823, thirteen years before the founding of the Texas Republic and more than two decades before the state of Texas joined the Union. (Tejano, Black, and Indigenous Texans had already lived here for centuries.) While modern-day Rangers rarely ride horses, they serve as our statewide police force and remain deeply entrenched in the state’s identity and culture. The version of Texas history that many of us learned in public schools casts them as unblemished heroes, and they still wear white Stetson hats.But as with any narrative, the true story of the Texas Rangers is much more complex. While many Texans are grateful to individual…

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