Arizona's Graham-Tewksbury Feud
Reader Review:
"This is the most complete account I have read. Was disturbed through much of the book by the assumptions he makes based on very little data.... his favoring the underdog, the Grahams, is obvious but he announces and tries to justify that fact up front. Regardless, he seems to have presented a more complete and accurate account of documented and meaningful facts than the other two accounts that I have read. The significant value of Lee's presentation in my opinion is the research he has done on the money trail...and the implications that result from his emphasis on the money influence The implication seems to be that both the Tewksburys and the Grahams became pawns of the Daggs and their power influence; that both families played out their feelings and bitterness against each other, and in the case of the Tewksburys, those feelings and actions were fanned by the available money and political influence provided by the Daggs."
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Review by Bruce Dinges, Arizona Historical Society:
"Every historian tries to remain impartial. But when all the evidence is in, we are often forced to choose sides. "Arizona's Graham-Tewksbury Feud is Leland Hanchett's, admittedly partisan history of the bloody events that transpired in Pleasant Valley more than a century ago. Based on documents he uncovered while researching "The Crooked Trail to Holbrook," Hanchett argues that Earl R. Forrest very nearly got it right when he published "Arizona's Dark and Bloody Ground" back in 1936. The introduction of sheep to cattle country ignited a fuse that burned down to the last man. Hanchett takes this classic scenario a step farther when he suggests that prominent territorial businessmen and politicians manipulated the feud to serve their own selfish interests. It certainly wasn't just a case of the Grahams versus the Tevvksburys, he concludes. "Instead it was the Grahams versus the Tewksburys, all of the county sheriffs, most of the local media, the best legal minds of the Southwest and the Governor." As Kennedy assassination buffs can attest, conspiracies are difficult things to prove, and Hanchett doesn't quite pull it off in the case of the Pleasant Valley War. Nonetheless, he has uncovered new material in coroners inquests, court testimony, tax rolls and census records that supports his contention that woolybacks were at the heart of the matter."