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Fighting Words: Independent Journalists in Texas

by James McEnteer

Fighting Words profiles five journalists who published the truth as they saw it, no matter how their reporting angered politicians, social and religious leaders, or other journalists. The five journalists...

Galveston: A History

by David G. McComb

On the Gulf edge of Texas between land and sea stands Galveston Island. Shaped continually by wind and water, it is one of earth's ongoing creations-time is forever new. Here, on the shoreline, embraced by the...

The Trail Drivers of Texas: Interesting Sketches of Early Cowboys...

by J. Marvin Hunter

These are the chronicles of the trail drivers of Texas-those rugged men and, sometimes, women who drove cattle and horses up the trails from Texas to northern markets in the late 1800s. Gleaned from members...

Tejano South Texas: A Mexican American Cultural Province

by Daniel D. Arreola

On the plains between the San Antonio River and the Rio Grande lies the heartland of what is perhaps the largest ethnic region in the United States, Tejano South Texas. In this cultural geography, Daniel Arreola...

Spanish Expeditions into Texas, 1689-1768

by William C. Foster

Mapping old trails has a romantic allure at least as great as the difficulty involved in doing it. In this book, William Foster produces the first highly accurate maps of the eleven Spanish expeditions from...

Taming the Nueces Strip: The Story of McNelly's Rangers

by George Durham & Clyde Wantland

Only an extraordinary Texas Ranger could have cleaned up bandit-plagued Southwest Texas, between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande, in the years following the Civil War. Thousands of raiders on horseback,...

Texans in Revolt: The Battle for San Antonio, 1835

by Alwyn Barr

While the battles of 1836-the Alamo, Goliad, and San Jacinto-are wellknown moments in the Texas Revolution, the battle for Bexar in the fall of 1835 is often overlooked. Yet this lengthy siege, which culminated...

Inherit the Alamo: Myth and Ritual at an American Shrine

by Holly Beachley Brear

Long overshadowed by the towering buildings of downtown San Antonio, the modest little Alamo still evokes tremendous feeling among Texans and, indeed, many other Americans. For Anglo Texans, the Alamo is the...

The Path to a Modern South: Northeast Texas between Reconstruction and the Great Depression

by Walter L. Buenger

Federal New Deal programs of the 1930s and World War II are often credited for transforming the South, including Texas, from a poverty-stricken region mired in Confederate mythology into a more modern and economically...

Texas and Northeastern Mexico, 1630-1690

by Juan Bautista Chapa, Ned F. Brierley & William C. Foster

In the seventeenth century, South Texas and Northeastern Mexico formed El Nuevo Reino de León, a frontier province of New Spain. In 1690, Juan Bautista Chapa penned a richly detailed history of Nuevo León...

Leavin' a Testimony: Portraits from Rural Texas

by Patsy Cravens, John Boles & Bob Patten

First settled by Stephen F. Austin's colonists in the early nineteenth century, Colorado County has deep roots in Texas history. Mainly rural and agrarian until late in the twentieth century, Colorado County...

Frontier Ways: Sketches of Life in the Old West

by Edward Everett Dale

Edward Everett Dale gives a first-hand account of the way pioneer families and cowboys of the frontier lived. Dr. Dale has lived in a sod house, and he once rode the range as cook to a group of cowboys. In this...

Coronado's Children: Tales of Lost Mines and Buried Treasures of the Southwest

by J. Frank Dobie

Written in 1930, Coronado's Children was one of J. Frank Dobie's first books, and the one that helped gain him national prominence as a folklorist. In it, he recounts the tales and legends of those hardy souls...

6000 Miles of Fence

by Cordia Sloan Duke & Joe B. Frantz

The fabulous XIT Ranch has been celebrated in song, story, and serious history. This book of reminiscences of old XIT cowmen puts on record the everyday life of the individuals who made the ranch run. Their...

Sam Houston's Texas

by Sue Flanagan

When Sam Houston crossed the Red River for the first time in 1832, he termed Texas the "finest portion of the Globe that has ever blessed my vision." He soon made it his "abiding place" and became a lifelong...

Rip Ford's Texas

by John Salmon Ford & Stephen B. Oates

The Republic of Texas was still in its first exultation over independence when John Salmon "Rip" Ford arrived from South Carolina in June of 1836. Ford stayed to participate in virtually every major event in...

The Galveston Era: The Texas Crescent on the Eve of Secession

by Earl Wesley Fornell

The "Queen City" of Texas they called her-or the "Octopus of the Gulf." Galveston from 1845 to 1860 was the center of culture in Texas-or the monster with an economic strangle hold on all Texas trade. It was...

The Way I Heard It: Tales of the Big Bend

by Walter Fulcher & Elton Miles

The folklore of Texas' Big Bend region was still in the making during Walter Fulcher's lifetime. Born in Lampasas County in 1887, he worked on the Martin Ranch near Sheffield when a young man. There he witnessed...

The Cast Iron Forest: A Natural and Cultural History of the North American Cross Timbers

by Richard V. Francaviglia

A complex mosaic of post oak and blackjack oak forests interspersed with prairies, the Cross Timbers covers a north-south belt of southern Kansas, eastern Oklahoma, and North Central Texas. Home to Native Americans...

Mexican Consuls and Labor Organizing: Imperial Politics in the American Southwest

by Gilbert G. González

Chicano history, from the early decades of the twentieth century up to the present, cannot be explained without reference to the determined interventions of the Mexican government, asserts Gilbert G. González....