A native Texas, James M. Smallwood recently retired from Oklahoma State University, where he had been a professor of history since 1975. He has also taught at Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Seton Hall, and the University of Kyoto, Japan. His 1981 book Time of Hope, Time of Despair: Black Texans during Reconstruction won the Texas Historical Association's Coral H. Tullis Award for best book of the year on Texas history. The late Barry A. Crouch was a long-time professor of history at Gallaudet University where he taught U.S. history and history of the South. He is the author of The Freedmen's Bureau and Black Texans and coauthor of Cullen Montgomery Baker: Reconstruction Desperado, which he wrote with Donaly Brice. Larry Peacock is a genealogist and historian who lives in Burleson, Texas, and recently retired from WFAA-TV. He owns the Handgun Academy of Burleson and has an avid interest in Texas history, particularly that of the North-Northeast region of the state.