Southwestern Historical Quarterly January Any serious scholar or reader of Texas history has surely encountered the Hogg family. Most are aware of Hogg's reputation as one of the four great statesmen of Texas. Now, with The Hoggs of Texas academics and lay persons will have a window into the private life of this extraordinary Texas family. But its biggest draw is allowing the Hoggs of Texas to speak for themselves. Reading these letters you can almost hear James Hogg tell Ima in 1903: "Mark my prediction. The [oil] business has just got started" (238). Lamar University Mary L. Scheer In the Governor's Shadow: The True Story of Ma and Pa Ferguson. By Carol O'Keefe Wilson. (Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2014. Pp. 400, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index.) Miriam and James Ferguson are among the most colorful and controversial politicians in Texas history. Both supporters and detractors knew them as "Ma and Pa--colloquial monikers that have carried forward to this day. Notable contemporary southern politicians of the Fergusons included Huey Long, Theodore Bilbo, and Ben Tillman. Each gained prominence and success while they utilized populist and often racist appeals. The Fergusons employed similar appeals but held the distinction
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Feb 13, 2015
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