The History of Texas

The History of Texas

The History of Texas

The History of Texas

Synopsis

The principle that all peoples make history continues to drive this Third Edition, one that continues to consider the different cultures within the state as well as the unique heritage shared by all Texans. Unlike other state surveys, this book goes beyond accounts of well-known figures to consider the lives of ordinary Texans, as seen in the continued and expanded coverage of topics such as agriculture, industrialisation, urbanisation, economic disparity, migration patterns, and demographic change. And like its predecessors, the Third Edition still features the history of folklore, music, literature, sports, religion, and other important aspects of Texas culture that help determine the flavour of Texas, past and present. This edition has been extensively re-edited and revised, making it accessible to student readers of all levels and representative of the latest historical research. And in view of the myriad and rapid events that have occurred since the publication of the last edition, the last chapter has been completely rewritten by new contributing author Gregg Cantrell. The result is a comprehensive account of Texas History from 1970 right up to the autumn of 2001. Features new maps, photographs, as well as new material throughout.

Excerpt

Like its predecessors, the Third Edition of The History of Texas presents the fascinating story of the various peoples who have inhabited the land known as Texas. Readers of this book will gain an understanding of the forces of cause and effect that have shaped the disparate pasts of different groups within the state as well as the heritage shared by all Texans. They will also develop an appreciation for the dynamic interpretations that scholars give to historical movements and specific incidents.

In writing this book, we have retained those many features of the first two editions that appealed to both students and professors. All peoples make history; we have continued to honor that tenet by incorporating the many cultures embraced by the Texas experience. the same principle also drove our effort to give due attention to the lives of ordinary Texans, as seen in the continued and expanded coverage of topics such as agriculture, industrialization, urbanization, economic disparity, migration patterns, and demographic change. Also included are the unsung subjects who contributed to the Texas saga, among them plain white folks, women, and the leaders and members of local labor, agricultural, and other grass-roots organizations. Like the first two editions, this one also pays attention to the history of folklore, music, literature, sports, religion, and other aspects of Texas culture that help determine the flavor of Texas, past and present. Finally, once again we provide a comprehensive, unflinching analysis of twentieth-century Texas.

On the other hand, but just as important, in response to the feedback of instructors and students who used the earlier editions, as well as the recommendations of experts on particular periods of Texas history, we have made substantial changes to many parts of the text. These include the clarification of chronologies, the reorganization of topics, and the addition of entirely new sections and the deletion of others. We also felt compelled to incorporate into this edition new scholarship representing the cutting edge of historical research. For example, our expanded discussion of American Indians makes extensive use of scholarship published since the mid-1990s. Readers will also note that Chapter 14 has been completely rewritten in view of the rapid movement of events that occurred during the years since the publication of the Second Edition. the result is a comprehensive new account of Texas History from 1970 to the summer of 2001. a most obvious change in the Third Edition is the addition of Gregg Cantrell as a third author. He succeeds the late Robert A. Calvert, the . . .

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