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“Quezada’s biography of Bravo brings context and identifiable people into relief, disposing of the un-nuanced stereotypes of Hispanic leaders of the age without undermining the drama that makes the history of Texas politics so compelling.”--Josh Busby, Georgetown University
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On January 1, 1937, Manuel B. Bravo was sworn in as county judge of Zapata County, a post he would hold for twenty years. In Border Boss: Manuel B. Bravo and Zapata County, J. Gilberto Quezada delineates Bravo's political career in the Democratic Party and examines his role in some of the important issues of his day, especially Falcon Dam.

During Bravo's years in office, he worked and corresponded with many Texas and national politicians, including James Allred, Lloyd Bentsen, Kika de la Garza, Ralph Yarborough, and, most prominently, Lyndon Johnson. The association between Bravo and Johnson began with the special Senate election of 1941 and is reflected in the more than fifty letters between the two in Bravo's personal papers. In Johnson's 1948 Senate runoff against Coke Stevenson, voting irregularities were alleged in Zapata County when the election returns from Precinct No. 3 were reported missing. Quezada analyzes the Bravo papers for any evidence that Bravo and Johnson had arranged the disappearance and offers possible alternative explanations.

From the 1930s to the 1950s Zapata County was one of six South Texas counties where the Tejano majority dominated local politics and held most public offices. Bravo became known as one of the "Mexican bosses" of South Texas, but Quezada draws a more nuanced picture of bossism than has been presented previously, analyzing the role of influential leading families but looking as well at the degree of economic integration into the state and nation as factors in how bossism developed.

Those interested in Mexican-American studies and politics and bossism in South Texas will appreciate the window onto South Texas politics and Tejano culturethis biography gives. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Series: Canseco-Keck History Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; 2nd edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585441538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585441532
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,644,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I simply could not believe what a gem of a book this turned out to be! The insight the author has for all the personal relationships behind the public eyes and the pictures that detailed the chapters were so marvelous I could not believe this has not been made as a starting point for ones research into the history of Texas. I highly recommend this book!
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An authentic account of a politically savvy Texas/Mexican border county judge with only an 8th grade formal education who helped LBJ get elected in the famous 1948 missing ballot box elections .After retiring as a Zapata County Judge in 1957 Judge Bravo used his LBJ connections to get work at Brown and Root in Venezuela ,Panama and Columbia where he eventually was hired by George Bush Sr to work at Zapata's (the oil company) Medillin, Columbia office .
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By Gabriel.Rivera on September 23, 2012
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Well, the reason I bought this book, is because Manuel Box Bravo is my Great Grandfather on my mothers side. I guess you can say I didn't know much about him since he passed away 2 years before I was born, and the history is great to know.
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