Spying on the American Remnant

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GGrandfather_Allensworth_092019 Wayne Allensworth’s great-grandfather James Franklin Allensworth in Caddo County, Oklahoma, at the turn of the 20th century

As a boy, your author lived in a working-class neighborhood just outside Houston’s city limits. My parents were the children of rural people who had come to Houston looking for work during the Great Depression. They lived in frame houses sitting on cinder blocks in Houston’s West End, a community of people Larry McMurtry called “citybillies,” with chicken coops and deer hanging from trees in small front yards.

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