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"We Never Retreat"

by Edward A. Bradley

The term “filibuster” often brings to mind a senator giving a long-winded speech in opposition to a bill, but the term had a different connotation in the nineteenth century—invasion of foreign lands by...


Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling across the Rio Grande

by George T. Díaz

Present-day smuggling across the U.S.-Mexico border is a professional, often violent, criminal activity. However, it is only the latest chapter in a history of illicit business dealings that stretches back to...


Where Texas Meets the Sea: Corpus Christi and Its History

by Alan Lessoff

A favorite destination of visitors to the Texas coast, Corpus Christi is a midsize city that manages to be both cosmopolitan and provincial, networked and local. It is an indispensable provider of urban services...


The City in Texas: A History

by David G. McComb

Texans love the idea of wide-open spaces and, before World War II, the majority of the state's people did live and work on the land. Between 1940 and 1950, however, the balance shifted from rural to urban, and...


The La Salle Expedition to Texas: The Journal of Henri Joutel, 1684-1687

by Johanna S. Warren & William Foster

“Those of us who knew how to swim crossed to the other bank. But a number of our company did not know how to swim, and I was among that number. One of the Indians gave me a sign to go get a nearly dry log...


If I Can Do It Horseback: A Cow-Country Sketchbook

by John Hendrix & Malcolm Thurgood

John Hendrix drew upon his own varied experiences for this panoramic view of West Texas ranch life, presented here in an integral compilation of flavorful articles written originally for The Cattleman. Touching...


Littlefield Lands: Colonization on the Texas Plains, 1912-1920

by David B., II Gracy

The phenomenon of colonization by big land companies, common throughout the history of the United States, came late to the Panhandle-Plains of West Texas. Ranchers held sway there up into the 20th century. Then,...


Impressions of the Big Thicket

by William A. Owens & Michael Frary

Before the establishment of the Big Thicket Nature Preserve, the Big Thicket of Texas became a symbol of nature's last stand against encroaching civilization. Here, in a mingling of ecological zones, come together...


The Road to Spindletop: Economic Change in Texas, 1875-1901

by John Stricklin Spratt & Ed Bearden

"No previous study had attempted such an ambitious overview and synthesis of the events and movements which brought Texas to the threshold of the twentieth century."-West Texas Historical Association Year Book...


Mary Austin Holley: The Texas Diary, 1835-1838

by Mary Austin Holley & James Perry Bryan

Mary Austin Holley (1784-1846), a cousin of Stephen F. Austin, journeyed to Texas on three separate occasions. Her first visit, in 1831, resulted in the publication of her book, Texas. Her second and third trips,...


Pioneer Printer: Samuel Bangs in Mexico and Texas

by Lota M. Spell

Samuel Bangs, the first printer in the territory that is now Texas, once owed his life to his printing press. One of the few survivors of the Mina Expedition to Mexico in 1817, Bangs wrote to Servando de Mier,...


Home on the Double Bayou: Memories of an East Texas Ranch

by Ralph Semmes Jackson, J. Frank Dobie & Bubi Jessen

Once again, through a boy's eyes, Ralph Jackson sees a winter sky darkened with geese and ducks, a kitchen stove glowing with cheerful warmth, Aunt May strolling in her flower garden, moonlight filtering through...


Two Armies on the Rio Grande

by Douglas Murphy

The opening campaign of the US-Mexican War transformed the map of each nation and shaped the course of conflict.

Armed with a broad range of Mexican military documents and previously unknown US sources, Douglas...


Houston Legends: History and Heritage of Dynamic Global Capitol

by Hank Moore

Houston was the first word spoken from the moon. It is the hub of the world's energy industry, the headquarters of medical innovation and entrepreneurial phenomena. For 200 years, Houston has been the funnel...


Texas Crossings: The Lone Star State and the American Far West, 1836-1986

by Howard R. Lamar & Lewis L. Gould

"Texas is not a place, it is a commotion!" exclaimed one early visitor to the state, underscoring the mobility and "get-ahead" spirit that have always characterized Texas and its people. In these thought-provoking...


Geology and Politics in Frontier Texas, 1845-1909

by Walter Keene Ferguson

Conservation and development of natural resources are issues of critical importance throughout the world. These issues have been matters of public concern in Texas since legislators first adopted the state-sponsored...


The Devil's Backbone

by Bill Wittliff & Jack Unruh

The last the boy Papa saw of his Momma, she was galloping away on her horse Precious in the saddle her father took from a dead Mexican officer after the Battle of San Jacinto, fleeing from his Daddy, Old Karl,...


The LS Brand: The Story of a Texas Panhandle Ranch

by Dulcie Sullivan & Loula Grace Erdman

In the spring of 1881, W. M. D. Lee and Lucien B. Scott, wealthy businessmen of Leavenworth, Kansas, purchased land in the upper Texas Panhandle to establish the Lee-Scott Cattle Company. Their range sprawled...


Red State: An Insider's Story of How the GOP Came to Dominate Texas Politics

by Wayne Thorburn

In November 1960, the Democratic party dominated Texas. The newly elected vice president, Lyndon Johnson, was a Texan. Democrats held all thirty statewide elective positions. The state legislature had 181 Democrats...


The City Moves West: Economic and Industrial Growth in Central West Texas

by Robert L. Martin

Where water supply, railway transportation, and oil reserves have been abundant, towns in central West Texas have prospered; where these resources are few, settlements have maintained only slight growth or disappeared...