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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...


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

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,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Lizards on the Mantel, Burros at the Door: A Big Bend Memoir

by Etta Koch & June Cooper Price

A woman who went West with her husband in the 1840s must have expected hardships and privation, but during the 1940s, when Etta Koch stopped off in Big Bend with her young family and a 23-foot travel trailer...


Landmarks of Texas Architecture

by Lawrence W. Speck & Richard Payne

"This selection of twenty of Texas' proudest architectural achievements is a tiny sampling of the state's rich, but little-heralded, architectural heritage. The visual presentation of these buildings in Richard...


San Juan Bautista: Gateway to Spanish Texas

by Robert S. Weddle

In their efforts to assert dominion over vast reaches of the (now U.S.) Southwest in the seventeenth century, the Spanish built a series of far-flung missions and presidios at strategic locations. One of the...


The Prisoners of Perote

by William Preston Stapp & Joe B. Frantz

In late 1842, Private William Preston Stapp and about three hundred other citizens of the Republic of Texas took it upon themselves to invade Mexico. They intended to retaliate for a recent Mexican attack on...


The Port of Houston: A History

by Marilyn Mcadams Sibley

Sam Houston's army reached Buffalo Bayou on April 18, 1836, and the ensuing Battle of San Jacinto called attention to the "meandering stream" as a link between the interior of sprawling Texas and the sea. Early...


The Laws of Slavery in Texas: Historical Documents and Essays

by Randolph B. Campbell, William S. Pugsley & Marilyn P. Duncan

The laws that governed the institution of slavery in early Texas were enacted over a fifty-year period in which Texas moved through incarnations as a Spanish colony, a Mexican state, an independent republic,...


Freedom Is Not Enough: The War on Poverty and the Civil Rights Movement in Texas

by William S. Clayson

Led by the Office of Economic Opportunity, Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty reflected the president's belief that, just as the civil rights movement and federal law tore down legalized segregation, progressive...


The House Will Come to Order: How the Texas Speaker Became a Power in State and National Politics

by Michael Phillips, Patrick L. Cox & Don Carleton

In a state assumed to have a constitutionally weak governor, the Speaker of the Texas House wields enormous power, with the ability to almost single-handedly dictate the legislative agenda. The House Will Come...


Remembering the Alamo: Memory, Modernity, and the Master Symbol

by Richard R. Flores

"Remember the Alamo!" reverberates through Texas history and culture, but what exactly are we remembering? Over nearly two centuries, the Mexican victory over an outnumbered band of Alamo defenders has been...


George W. Brackenridge: Maverick Philanthropist

by Marilyn Mcadams Sibley

George W. Brackenridge (1832-1920) was a paradox to his fellow Texans. A Republican in a solidly Democratic state, a financier in a cattleman's country, a Prohibitionist in the goodtime town of San Antonio,...


Mier Expedition Diary: A Texan Prisoner's Account

by Joseph D. McCutchan, Joseph Milton Nance & Jane A. Kenamore

Few episodes in Texas history have excited more popular interest than the Mier Expedition of 1842. Nineteen-year-old Joseph D. McCutchan was among the 300 Texans who, without the cover of the Lone Star flag,...


Turmoil In New Mexico, 1846-1868: Facsimile of 1952 Edition

by William A. Keleher

The vital history of New Mexico and Arizona during the formative years between the American Occupation and the coming of the railroad has been compressed by the author into one volume with hundreds of footnotes...