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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....


Life on the Texas Range

by J. Evetts Haley & Erwin E. Smith

First published in 1953, this photographic record of the real life and work of cowboys remains a perennial favorite. Erwin E. Smith was the outstanding cowboy photographer of the West, and these eighty photographs...


Now You Hear My Horn: The Journal of James Wilson Nichols

by James Wilson Nichols & Catherine W. McDowell

Jim Nichols was a lively, vigorous frontiersman who came to Texas about the time of its Revolution. As with many men of that day, Nichols' formal education was lacking, but he was a born writer with a vivid...


Let me tell you what I've learned: Texas Wisewomen Speak

by PJ Pierce & Liz Carpenter

Barbara Jordan spoke for many Texas women when she told a reporter, "I get from the soil and spirit of Texas the feeling that I, as an individual, can accomplish whatever I want to, and that there are no limits,...


Wings over the Mexican Border: Pioneer Military Aviation in the Big Bend

by Kenneth Baxter Ragsdale

Against a backdrop of revolution, border banditry, freewheeling aerial dramatics, and World War II comes this compelling look at the rise of U.S. combat aviation at an unlikely proving ground-a remote airfield...


The Evolution of a State, or, Recollections of Old Texas Days

by Noah Smithwick & Charles Shawl

"I was but a boy in my nineteenth year, and in for adventure when I started out from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, with all my worldly possessions, consisting of a few dollars in money, a change of clothes, and a...


Parks for Texas: Enduring Landscapes of the New Deal

by James Wright Steely

State parks across Texas offer a world of opportunities for recreation and education. Yet few park visitors or park managers know the remarkable story of how this magnificent state park system came into being...