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The Chosen Folks: Jews on the Frontiers of Texas

by Bryan Edward Stone

Texas has one of the largest Jewish populations in the South and West, comprising an often-overlooked vestige of the Diaspora. The Chosen Folks brings this rich aspect of the past to light, going beyond single...


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by Richard "Cactus" Pryor & Liz Carpenter

From the town that brought you Molly Ivins, Liz Carpenter, John Henry Faulk, and Greater Tuna, here's Cactus Pryor. For decades, Cactus' wit and wisdom have delighted radio listeners, as well as the many social,...


Progressive Country: How the 1970s Transformed the Texan in Popular Culture

by Jason Mellard

During the early 1970s, the nation's turbulence was keenly reflected in Austin's kaleidoscopic cultural movements, particularly in the city's progressive country music scene. Capturing a pivotal chapter in American...


Postcards from the Rio Bravo Border: Picturing the Place, Placing the Picture, 1900s-1950s

by Daniel D. Arreola

Between 1900 and the late 1950s, Mexican border towns came of age both as tourist destinations and as emerging cities. Commercial photographers produced thousands of images of their streets, plazas, historic...


The Texas Book Two: More Profiles, History, and Reminiscences of the University

by David Dettmer

In every corner of the sprawling enterprise that is the University of Texas at Austin, you will find teaching, research, artistic creation, and sports achievement that are among the best in the world. Mandated...


Gay as a Grig: Memories of a North Texas Girlhood

by Ellen Bowie Holland

Ellen Bowie Holland grew up in a house at Weatherford, Texas, that had the "motherly look of a large and gallant hen hovering over too many chicks" and that was inhabited by a "lively, warm-hearted family."...


The Cross Timbers: Memories of a North Texas Boyhood

by Edward Everett Dale & John Biggers

The activities of a young boy on a small farm in the Texas Cross Timbers during the 1880s seem especially distant today. No one can remember the adventure of a sixteen-and-a-half-mile journey, which consumed...


Rotten Boroughs, Political Thickets, and Legislative Donnybrooks: Redistricting in Texas

by Gary A. Keith

Every ten years, the Texas legislature redistricts itself and the state's congressional districts in an attempt to ensure equality in representation. With a richly textured cultural fabric, Texas often experiences...


The Texas Supreme Court: A Narrative History, 1836-1986

by James L. Haley

"Few people realize that in the area of law, Texas began its American journey far ahead of most of the rest of the country, far more enlightened on such subjects as women's rights and the protection of debtors."...


The Great Texas Wind Rush: How George Bush, Ann Richards, and a Bunch of Tinkerers Helped the Oil and Gas State Win the Race to Wind Power

by Kate Galbraith & Asher Price

In the late 1990s, West Texas was full of rundown towns and pumpjacks, aging reminders of the oil rush of an earlier era. Today, the towns are thriving as 300-foot-tall wind turbines tower above those pumpjacks....


From the Republic of the Rio Grande: A Personal History of the Place and the People

by Beatriz de la Garza

The Republic of the Rio Grande had a brief and tenuous existence (1838-1840) before most of it was reabsorbed by Mexico and the remainder annexed by the United States, yet this region that straddles the Rio...


Writing the Story of Texas

by Patrick L. Cox & Kenneth E., Jr. Hendrickson

The history of the Lone Star state is a narrative dominated by larger-than-life personalities and often-contentious legends, presenting interesting challenges for historians. Perhaps for this reason, Texas has...


Recollections of a Tejano Life: Antonio Menchaca in Texas History

by Jesús F. de la Teja, Timothy Matovina & Justin Poché

San Antonio native, military veteran, merchant, and mayor pro tem José Antonio Menchaca (1800-1879) was one of only a few Tejano leaders to leave behind an extensive manuscript of recollections. Portions of...


The Great Texas Stamp Collection: How Some Stubborn Texas Confederate Postmasters, a Handful of Determined Texas Stamp Collectors, and a Few of the Wo

by Charles W. Deaton

Among the many difficulties the newly formed Confederate States of America endured in the summer of 1861 was the failure of its post office department to provide sufficient numbers of that item most crucial...


A Thousand Deer: Four Generations of Hunting and the Hill Country

by Rick Bass

In November, countless families across Texas head out for the annual deer hunt, a ritual that spans generations, ethnicities, socioeconomics, and gender as perhaps no other cultural experience in the state....


The Governor's Hounds: The Texas State Police, 1870-1873

by Barry A. Crouch & Donaly E. Brice

In the tumultuous years following the Civil War, violence and lawlessness plagued the state of Texas, often overwhelming the ability of local law enforcement to maintain order. In response, Reconstruction-era...


Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins: A Memoir with Recipes

by Ellen Sweets & Lou Dubose

You probably knew Molly Ivins as an unabashed civil libertarian who used her rapier wit and good ole Texas horse sense to excoriate political figures she deemed unworthy of our trust and respect. But did you...


The Trials of Eroy Brown: The Murder Case That Shook the Texas Prison System

by Michael Berryhill

In April 1981, two white Texas prison officials died at the hands of a black inmate at the Ellis prison farm near Huntsville. Warden Wallace Pack and farm manager Billy Moore were the highest-ranking Texas prison...


Texas Furniture, Volume One: The Cabinetmakers and Their Work, 1840-1880, Revised Edition

by David B. Warren, Lonn Taylor & Ima Hogg

The art of furniture making flourished in Texas during the mid-nineteenth century. To document this rich heritage of locally made furniture, Miss Ima Hogg, the well-known philanthropist and collector of American...


Secession and the Union in Texas

by Walter L. Buenger

In 1845 Texans voted overwhelmingly to join the Union. They voted just as overwhelmingly to secede in 1861. The story of why and how that happened is filled with colorful characters, such as the aged Sam Houston,...