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Oil in Texas: The Gusher Age, 1895-1945

by Diana Davids Hinton & Roger M. Olien

As the twentieth century began, oil in Texas was easy to find, but the quantities were too small to attract industrial capital and production. Then, on January 10, 1901, the Spindletop gusher blew in. Over the...


The Medicine of Memory: A Mexica Clan in California

by Alejandro Murguía

"People who live in California deny the past," asserts Alejandro Murguía. In a state where "what matters is keeping up with the current trends, fads, or latest computer gizmo," no one has "the time, energy,...


The French in Texas: History, Migration, Culture

by François Lagarde

The flag of France is one of the six flags that have flown over Texas, but all that many people know about the French presence in Texas is the ill-fated explorer Cavelier de La Salle, fabled pirate Jean Laffite,...


Desegregating Texas Schools: Eisenhower, Shivers, and the Crisis at Mansfield High

by Robyn Duff Ladino & Alwyn Barr

In the famous Brown v. the Board of Education decisions of 1954 and 1955, the United States Supreme Court ruled that "separate but equal" schools for black and white students were unconstitutional. Yet history...


Nameless Towns: Texas Sawmill Communities, 1880-1942

by Thad Sitton & James H. Conrad

Sawmill communities were once the thriving centers of East Texas life. Many sprang up almost overnight in a pine forest clearing, and many disappeared just as quickly after the company "cut out" its last trees....


From Can See to Can't: Texas Cotton Farmers on the Southern Prairies

by Thad Sitton & Dan K. Utley

Cotton farming was the only way of life that many Texans knew from the days of Austin's Colony up until World War II. For those who worked the land, it was a dawn-till-dark, "can see to can't," process that...


Freedom Colonies: Independent Black Texans in the Time of Jim Crow

by Thad, Sitton, James H. Conrad & Richard Orton

In the decades following the Civil War, nearly a quarter of African Americans achieved a remarkable victory-they got their own land. While other ex-slaves and many poor whites became trapped in the exploitative...


Belo: From Newspapers to New Media

by Judith Garrett Segura

Founded in Galveston in 1842 with the launch of the Daily News, the Belo Corporation entered the twenty-first century as a powerhouse conglomerate, owning four daily newspapers (including the Dallas Morning...


Austin, Cleared for Takeoff: Aviators, Businessmen, and the Growth of an American City

by Kenneth B. Ragsdale

Austin, Texas, entered the aviation age on October 29, 1911, when Calbraith Perry Rodgers landed his Wright EX Flyer in a vacant field near the present-day intersection of Duval and 45th Streets. Some 3,000...


The Wrecking of La Salle's Ship Aimable and the Trial of Claude Aigron

by Robert S. Weddle & François Lagarde

When Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, landed on the Texas coast in 1685, bent on founding a French colony, his enterprise was doomed to failure. Not only was he hundreds of miles from his intended landfall-the...


Espíritu Santo de Zúñiga: A Frontier Mission in South Texas

by Tamra Lynn Walter

In the early part of the eighteenth century, the Spanish colonial mission Espíritu Santo de Zúñiga was relocated from far south Texas to a site along the Guadalupe River in Mission Valley, Victoria County....


Texas Monthly On . . .: Texas Women

by editors of Texas Monthly & Evan Smith

Since 1973, Texas Monthly has spotlighted hundreds of Texans who, for better or worse, make this state like no place else. TEXAS MONTHLY On . . . Texas Women profiles thirteen women who are not only fascinating...


Ross Sterling, Texan: A Memoir by the Founder of Humble Oil and Refining Company

by Ross S. Sterling, Ed Kilman & Don Carleton

Born on a farm near Anahuac, Texas, in 1875 and possessed of only a fourth-grade education, Ross Sterling was one of the most successful Texans of his generation. Driven by a relentless work ethic, he become...


The Texas City Disaster, 1947

by Hugh W. Stephens

On April 16, 1947, a small fire broke out among bags of ammonium nitrate fertilizer in the hold of the ship Grandcamp as it lay docked at Texas City, Texas. Despite immediate attempts to extinguish the fire,...


Texas by Terán: The Diary Kept by General Manuel de Mier y Terán on His 1828 Inspection of Texas

by General Manuel de Mier y Terán, John Wheat & Jack Jackson

Texas was already slipping from the grasp of Mexico when Manuel Mier y Terán made his tour of inspection in 1828. American settlers were pouring across the vaguely defined border between Mexico's northernmost...


Flames after Midnight: Murder, Vengeance, and the Desolation of a Texas Community, Revised Edition

by Monte Akers

What happened in Kirven, Texas, in May 1922, has been forgotten by the outside world. It was a coworker's whispered words, "Kirven is where they burned the [Negroes]," that set Monte Akers to work at discovering...


A Political History of the Texas Republic, 1836-1845

by Stanley Siegel

This book is unique among the histories of the Texas Republic: it is the first to examine the fledgling nation from the point of view of its dynamic political life. Policies with far-reaching results were formulated...


Tejano Religion and Ethnicity: San Antonio, 1821-1860

by Timothy M. Matovina

While the flags of Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, and the United States successively flew over San Antonio, its Tejano community (Texans of Spanish or Mexican descent) formed a distinct ethnic identity...


The Alamo Remembered: Tejano Accounts and Perspectives

by Timothy M. Matovina

As Mexican soldiers fought the mostly Anglo-American colonists and volunteers at the Alamo in 1836, San Antonio's Tejano population was caught in the crossfire, both literally and symbolically. Though their...


Galveston and the 1900 Storm: Catastrophe and Catalyst

by Patricia Bellis Bixel & Elizabeth Hayes Turner

The Galveston storm of 1900 reduced a cosmopolitan and economically vibrant city to a wreckage-strewn wasteland where survivors struggled without shelter, power, potable water, or even the means to summon help....