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The Texas Land and Development Company: A Panhandle Promotion, 1912-1956

by B.R. Brunson

Agricultural and urban development came late to the Texas South Plains, and frontier life lingered well into the twentieth century. In the decade preceding World War I numerous land companies flourished in the...


Farmers in Rebellion: The Rise and Fall of the Southern Farmers Alliance and People's Party in Texas

by Donna A. Barnes

The years after the Civil War brought struggle to the Southern farmer as the economic mainstay of the South-cotton-steadily dropped in price. Prompted by hard times, farmers in Lampasas County, Texas, gathered...


East Texas Lumber Workers: An Economic and Social Picture, 1870-1950

by Ruth A. Allen

In 1950 a million Texans-more than a tenth of the entire population of the state-lived in a region where one family in every two earned less than $2,000 a year. Composing that region are the thirty-two counties...


M. K. Kellogg's Texas Journal, 1872

by Miner Kilbourne Kellogg & Llerena Friend

Miner Kilbourne Kellogg's notes about his experiences with "the most completely and comfortably fitted-out expedition which ever went to Texas" is an account of the beauty, the wildness, and the dangers and...


Green Russell and Gold

by Elma Dill Russell Spencer & Ben Carlton Mead

The family history of the Russells of Georgia is a saga of the Westward Movement during the middle fifty years of the nineteenth century. The "Russell boys," as prospectors and miners, moved with the frontier...


Every Sun That Rises: Wyatt Moore of Caddo Lake

by Thad Sitton & James H. Conrad

"What I done and what I been accused of covers everything, you put 'em both together." Wyatt Moore of Caddo Lake exaggerates, but perhaps not very much. During his long life at Caddo Lake, Moore was at various...


Indians, Cattle, Ships and Oil: The Story of W. M. D. Lee

by Donald F. Schofield

Indian trader, rancher, harbor developer, oil impresario-these are the many worlds of one of the least chronicled but most fascinating characters of the American West. In the early, bustling years of the frontier,...


Not Without Honor: The Life of John H. Reagan

by Ben H. Procter

John H. Reagan was one of the most important figures in Texas history; this was the first biography of him to be published. Reagan, who was born in Sevier County, Tennessee, in 1818, came to Texas twenty-one...


James Stephen Hogg: A Biography

by Robert C. Cotner

No other governor has become so completely identified with Texas and its citizens as Jim Hogg, the first native Texan to hold the state's highest office. His fame was not, however, easily earned. Orphaned at...


The Taft Ranch: A Texas Principality

by A. Ray Stephens & Joe B. Frantz

For fifty years the progressive Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company, popularly known as the Taft Ranch, led in the development of South Texas, and in the early twentieth century achieved national and international...


Land of Bright Promise: Advertising the Texas Panhandle and South Plains, 1870-1917

by Jan Blodgett

Land of Bright Promise is a fascinating exploration of the multitude of land promotions and types of advertising that attracted more than 175,000 settlers to the Panhandle-South Plains area of Texas from the...


The Cypress and Other Writings of a German Pioneer in Texas

by Hermann Seele & Edward C. Breitenkamp

When Hermann Seele anived in New Braunfels in 1845, the raw colony was plagued by poverty, disease, lack of food, and hostile Indians. This personal record of the Germans in Texas shows their evolution from...


City on Fire: The Explosion That Devastated a Texas Town and Ignited a Historic Legal Battle

by Bill Minutaglio

First published in 2003, City on Fire is a gripping, intimate account of the explosions of two ships loaded with ammonium nitrate fertilizer that demolished Texas City, Texas, in April 1947, in one of the most...


Texas Takes Wing: A Century of Flight in the Lone Star State

by Barbara Ganson

Tracing the hundred-year history of aviation in Texas, aviator and historian Barbara Ganson brings to life the colorful personalities that shaped the phenomenally successful development of this industry in the...


When Mexicans Could Play Ball: Basketball, Race, and Identity in San Antonio, 1928-1945

by Ignacio M. García

In 1939, a team of short, scrappy kids from a vocational school established specifically for Mexican Americans became the high school basketball champions of San Antonio, Texas. Their win, and the ensuing riot...


Red Scare: Right-Wing Hysteria, Fifties Fanaticism, and Their Legacy in Texas

by Don E. Carleton & John Henry Faulk

Winner of the Texas State Historical Association Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize for Best Book on Texas History, this authoritative study of red-baiting in Texas reveals that what began as a coalition against...


Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist

by Debra L. Winegarten

Oveta Culp Hobby (1905-1995) had a lifetime of stellar achievement. During World War II, she was asked to build a women's army from scratch-and did. Hobby became Director of the Women's Army Corps and the first...


Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend

by Marcia Hatfield Daudistel & Bill Wright

The Texas of vast open spaces inhabited by independent, self-reliant men and women may be more of a dream than a reality for the state's largely urban population, but it still exists in the Big Bend. One of...


Acting Up and Getting Down: Plays by African American Texans

by Sandra Mayo & Elvin Holt

One of the few books of its kind, Acting Up and Getting Down brings together seven African American literary voices that all have a connection to the Lone Star state. Covering Texas themes and universal ones,...


Death of a Texas Ranger: A True Story of Murder and Vengeance on the Texas Frontier

by Cynthia Leal Massey

Death of a Texas Ranger is the thrilling, action-packed story of the murder of Texas Ranger John Green by Cesario Menchaca, one of three Rangers of Mexican descent under Green’s command. Immediately word...