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- DescriptionBecause he has been criticized as a destroyer, a ruthless killer, and wastrel of a great game resource of a Nation, the buffalo hunter appeals to the bar of history for his vindication...Within four years we opened up a vast empire to settlement, and put the Indians forever out of Texas. J. Wright Mooar tells the story of the buffalo hunter, from the hunter's perspective, in this first-person account published more than seventy years ago in several installments in Holland's, The Magazine of the South. Mooar was more than eighty years old when he sat down with Methodist minister/educator James Winford Hunt and recounted his years as a buffalo hunter. He describes how buffalo hunting became a huge business that thrived for less than a decade in the 1870s and makes the case that the buffalo hunter, more than anyone else, opened the way for white settlement by eradicating the Indians' source of food. Buffalo hunting was a business and t a sport. It required capital, management, and a lot of hard work. Magazine writers and others who claim that the killing of the buffalo was a national calamity and was accomplished by vandals simply expose their igrance, and I resent such an unjust judgment upon us. If it had t been for the work of the buffalo hunters, the wild bison would still graze where Amarillo w is, and the red man would still reign supreme over the pampas of the Panhandle of Texas. Any one of the families killed and homes destroyed by the Indians would have been worth more to Texas and to civilization than all the millions of buffalo that ever roamed from the Pecos River on the south to the Platte River on the rth. Here is an odyssey of hairbreadth escapes from death with wild Indians, wilder white men, and thundering herds of wild buffalo, writes J. W. Hunt, founding president of Abilene's McMurry College (w University), in his introduction. Illustrated by Texas folklore artist Granville Bruce, the stories of J. Wright Mooar make for lively reading and continuing debate.
- Author BiographyJ. WRIGHT MOOAR was one of the best known buffalo hunters of the American frontier. He was more than eighty years old when he recounted his years as a buffalo hunter. JAMES WINFORD HUNT was a well-respected West Texas Methodist preacher who founded McMurry College in Abilene, Texas, in 1923, and became the college's first president. ROBERT F. PACE is chair of the Department of History at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, and co-author of Frontier Texas: History of a Borderland to 1880 (State House Press, 2004).
- Author(s)James Winford Hunt
- PublisherState House Press
- Date of Publication30/04/2005
- SubjectFishing, Field Sports & Outdoor Activities
- Series TitleTexas Heritage
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 6
- Place of PublicationAbilene
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintState House Press
- Content Note8 B&W Illustrations. Endnotes.
- Weight227 g
- Width127 mm
- Height178 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edited byRobert F. Pace
- Illustrator(s)Granville Bruce
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