“The Jay Birds of Fort Bend County” is a narrative history of the political life of a Texas county from 1865 to 1970. The background for the story is traced to the tormented years in Texas following the War Between the States. These years witnessed the destruction of the old way of life and blocked with insurmountable barriers the creation of new life. The planter class of Fort Bend County found it especially difficult to adjust to the changing order. Thus for years, political feuding with assassinations rocked the county, ending with a pitched street battle. Having won the battle—the Jay Birds—one of the feuding factions—organized a White Man’s Union—The Jay Bird Democratic Association of Fort Bend County—which shaped the course of county politics for more than sixty years. This story of the Jay Birds is enriched with accounts of fascinating individuals and rich with extraordinary events.
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