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Roger Hodge

Roger Hodge is a former editor of Harper’s and the author of The Mendacity of Hope: Presidential Power, Corporate Money and the Politics of Corrupt Influence.

The Comanches

Roger Hodge, 15 December 2011

On 19 May 1836, less than a month after the Texan Republic won independence from Mexico in the Battle of San Jacinto, a large group of Indians rode up to the gate of Parker’s Fort, near present-day Mexia, east of Waco. The Parker clan had travelled from Illinois to the extremities of the Texas frontier three years earlier, with 30 oxcarts of belongings and a religious zeal that was...

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