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[Photograph of Treys Singing Group]

Description: Photograph of the Treys Singing Group, who visit Shreveport, Louisiana for a Christmas television program. They wear matching white blouses and skirts with a reindeer pattern, and they pose in front of a decorated Christmas tree.
Date: December 15, 1958
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Always for the Underdog: Leather Britches Smith and the Grabow War

Description: Louisiana’s Neutral Strip, an area of pine forests, squats between the Calcasieu and Sabine Rivers on the border of East Texas. Originally a lawless buffer zone between Spain and the United States, its hardy residents formed tight-knit communities for protection and developed a reliance on self, kin, and neighbor. In the early 1900s, the timber boom sliced through the forests and disrupted these dense communities. Mill towns sprang up, and the promise of money lured land speculators, timber workers, unionists, and a host of other characters, such as the outlaw Leather Britches Smith. That moment continues to shape the place’s cultural consciousness, and people today fashion a lore connected to this time. In a fascinating exploration of the region, Keagan LeJeune unveils the legend of Leather Britches, paralleling the stages of the outlaw’s life to the Neutral Strip’s formation. LeJeune retells each stage of Smith’s life: his notorious past, his audacious deeds of robbery and even generosity, his rumored connection to a local union strike—the Grabow War—significant in the annals of labor history, and his eventual death. As the outlaw’s life vividly unfolds, Always for the Underdog also reveals the area’s history and cultural landscape. Often using the particulars of one small town as a representative example, the book explores how the region remembers and reinterprets the past in order to navigate a world changing rapidly.
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Date: December 15, 2010
Creator: LeJeune, Keagan
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[News Script: Forecasts]

Description: Photocopy of a script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, relating a news story.
Date: December 15, 1969, 8:25 a.m.
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
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[News Clip: Moss]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV television station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story.
Date: November 15, 1964
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
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