Thad Sitton

Thad Sitton is a historian of anthropological background and training, specializing in studies of rural Texas during the first half of the twentieth century. Three of Sitton’s books won the coveted T. R. Fehrenbach Award of the Texas Historical Commission, and his history of freedmen’s settlements received a major prize from the Texas Institute of Letters.


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  1. Gray Ghosts and Red Rangers
    Around a campfire in the woods through long hours of night, men used to gather to listen to the music of hounds' voices as they chased an elusive and seemingly preternatural fox. To the highly trained ears of these backwoods hunters,... Learn More
    Published: 6th November 2015
    Paperback | £20.99
  2. Every Sun That Rises
    “What I done and what I been accused of covers everything, you put ’em both together.” Wyatt Moore of Caddo Lake exaggerates, but perhaps not very much. During his long life at Caddo Lake, Moore was at various times... Learn More
    Published: 2nd May 2014
    Paperback | £16.99
  3. Big Thicket People
    Living off the land—hunting, fishing, and farming, along with a range of specialized crafts that provided barter or cash income—was a way of life that persisted well into the twentieth century in the Big Thicket of southeast... Learn More
    Published: 1st March 2008
    Hardback | £24.99
  4. Freedom Colonies
    Winner, Friends of the Dallas Public Library Award, 2006Best Book on East Texas, East Texas Historical Association, 2007In the decades following the Civil War, nearly a quarter of African Americans achieved a remarkable victory—they... Learn More
    Published: 1st March 2005
    Paperback | £20.99
  5. Harder than Hardscrabble
    Winner, San Antonio Conservation Society Citation, 2005Runner-up, Carr P. Collins Award, Best Book of Nonfiction, Texas Institute of Letters, 2005Until the U.S. Army claimed 300-plus square miles of hardscrabble land to build... Learn More
    Published: 1st March 2004
    Paperback | £24.99
  6. Nameless Towns
    Winner, T. H. Fehrenbach Award, Texas Historical CommissionSawmill communities were once the thriving centers of East Texas life. Many sprang up almost overnight in a pine forest clearing, and many disappeared just as quickly... Learn More
    Published: 1st January 1998
    Paperback | £20.99
  7. From Can See to Can’t
    Cotton farming was the only way of life that many Texans knew from the days of Austin's Colony up until World War II. For those who worked the land, it was a dawn-till-dark, "can see to can't," process that required not only a... Learn More
    Published: 1st January 1997
    Paperback | £26.99
  8. Oral History
    More than a mode of gathering information about the past, oral history has become an international movement. Historians, folklorists, and other educational and religious groups now recognize the importance of preserving the recollections... Learn More
    Published: 1st January 1983
    Paperback | £16.99