Texans Loved Dobie’s Books But Hated His Politics

On September 19, 1964, four days after receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Lyndon Johnson, J. Frank Dobie lay down for his afternoon nap and never woke up.

In his many books about Texas and the Southwest, Dobie put folklore on an equal footing with respected works of history.  Texans had a hard time reconciling his entertaining tales with his outspoken liberal politics, heretical views that got him fired from the University of Texas.

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