Article Book Reviews Jesús F. de la Teja, Editor Gray Ghosts and Red Rangers: American Hilltop Fox Chasing. By Thad Sitton. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010. Pp. 250. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. ISBN 9780292723023, $30.00 cloth.) Thad Sitton has written several good books about various aspects of life in the southern backwoods during the first half of the twentieth century. His most recent, Gray Ghosts and Red Rangers, is about backwoods foxhunting. This is not the type of foxhunting that involves mounted men and women in red coats jumping Virginia fences. Sitton's foxhunters wear windbreakers and billed caps, go to the hunt on foot or in pickup trucks, and do not chase the fox themselves but stay up all night by a campfire listening to their hounds chase it. The foxhunting Sitton writes about is not so much a sport as a nocturnal obsession, and Sitton, an oral historian with an anthropological bent, is as sensitive to its mystical aspects as he is to its techniques and rituals. It may come as a surprise to some to learn that the point of the kind of foxhunting Sitton writes about--he prefers to call it by its traditional names,
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Jan 1, 2012
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