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Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

by S. C. Gwynne

In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah,...


Pistol Packin' Preachers: Circuit Riders of Texas

by Barbara Barton

A writer once denounced the Lone Star State as "where the Godly could battle 'the devil' on his own ground." Circuit riders and other early preachers confronted dangerous outlaws, Indians, wild animals, and...


Eyewitness to the Alamo

by Bill Groneman

Eyewitness to the Alamo is the actual account of the siege and Battle of the Alamo by those who were present during the attack. This book is the first complete accounting of the Battle of the Alamo by one of...


In Their Own Words: The Lives of Arizona Pioneer Women

by Barbara Marriott

"I have lived for months where my only neighbors were Indians and my one music the howl of the coyote." - Charlotte Tanner Nelson It was a land the devil wouldn't have, made of sand and mountains filled with...


Cowboy Conservatism: Texas and the Rise of the Modern Right

by Sean Cunningham

During the 1960s and 1970s, Texas was rocked by a series of political transitions. Despite its century-long heritage of solidly Democratic politics, the state became a Republican stronghold virtually overnight,...


Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment

by Benjamin Radford

Using folklore, sociology, history, psychology, and forensic science-as well as good old-fashioned detective work-Radford reveals the truths and myths behind New Mexico's greatest mysteries.


The WPA Guide to Oklahoma: The Sooner State

by Federal Writers' Project

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared...


The WPA Guide to New Mexico: The Colorful State

by Federal Writers' Project

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared...


Discover Texas Dinosaurs: Where They Lived, How They Lived, and the Scientists Who Study Them

by Charles E. Finsley & Dr. Wann Langston

Go behind the scenes and into the vaults of Texas dinosaur study. Through photos and narrative, many of Texas' most dedicated scientists show you actual specimens of native and nonnative dinosaur material. This...


John O. Meusebach: German Colonizer in Texas

by Irene Marschall King

Otfried Hans Freiherr von Meusebach chose a life of hardship and freedom in Texas rather than a life of comfort and influence in his native Germany, where he had lived his formative years within a framework...


Quixote's Soldiers: A Local History of the Chicano Movement, 1966-1981

by David Montejano

In the mid-1960s, San Antonio, Texas, was a segregated city governed by an entrenched Anglo social and business elite. The Mexican American barrios of the west and south sides were characterized by substandard...


Texas Through Women's Eyes: The Twentieth-Century Experience

by Judith N. McArthur & Harold L. Smith

Texas women broke barriers throughout the twentieth century, winning the right to vote, expanding their access to higher education, entering new professions, participating fully in civic and political life,...


Weird City: Sense of Place and Creative Resistance in Austin, Texas

by Joshua Long

Austin, Texas, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, is experiencing one of the most dynamic periods in its history. Wedged between homogenizing growth and a long tradition of rebellious nonconformity,...


Parson Henry Renfro: Free Thinking on the Texas Frontier

by William C. Griggs

The years following the Texas Revolution held even more turbulent events as diverse droves of pioneers crossed the Sabine and Red Rivers to start new lives in Texas. Early Texas society contended with religious...


Environmental City: People, Place, Politics, and the Meaning of Modern Austin

by William Scott Jr. Swearingen

As Austin grew from a college and government town of the 1950s into the sprawling city of 2010, two ideas of Austin as a place came into conflict. Many who promoted the ideology of growth believed Austin would...


State of Minds: Texas Culture and Its Discontents

by Don Graham

John Steinbeck once famously wrote that "Texas is a state of mind." For those who know it well, however, the Lone Star State is more than one mind-set, more than a collection of clichés, more than a static...


Lucky 7: A Cowman's Autobiography

by Will Tom Carpenter, Lee Hart & Elton Miles

"No. 7"-as Carpenter, the youngest of seven children, called himself-was born in Missouri in 1854 and moved west with his family, first to Kansas, then to the settlements near Pikes Peak, and finally, in 1872,...


The San Antonio Missions and Their System of Land Tenure

by Fv©lix D., Jr. Almarv°z

San Antonio, Texas, is unique among North American cities in having five former Spanish missions: San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo; founded in 1718), San José y San Miguel de Aguayo (1720), Nuestra Señora...


Sketches of Early Texas and Louisiana

by Frédéric Gaillardet & James L., III Shepherd

A lively report of travels in early nineteenth-century Texas and Louisiana and a fascinating account of the discovery, exploration, and settlement of those areas is presented in the work of this ebullient young...


And Other Neighborly Names: Social Process and Cultural Image in Texas Folklore

by Richard Bauman & Roger D. Abrahams

"And Other Neighborly Names"-the title is from a study by Americo Paredes of the names, complimentary and otherwise, exchanged across cultural boundaries by Anglos and Mexicans-is a collection of essays devoted...