The African Texans

The African Texans

The African Texans

The African Texans

Synopsis

Immigrants of African descent have come to Texas in waves-first as free blacks seeking economic and social opportunity under the Spanish and Mexican governments, then as enslaved people who came with settlers from the deep South. Then after the Civil War, a new wave of immigration began. In The African Texans, author Alwyn Barr considers each era, giving readers a clear sense of the challenges that faced African Texans and the social and cultural contributions that they have made in the Lone Star State. With wonderful photographs and first-hand accounts, this book expands readers' understanding of African American history in Texas. Special features include

-59 illustrations

-12 biographical sketches

-excerpts from newspaper articles

-excerpts from court rulings

The African Texans is part of a five-volume set from the Institute of Texan Cultures. The entire set, entitled Texans All, explores the social and cultural contributions made by five distinctive cultural groups that already existed in Texas prior to its statehood or that came to Texas in the early twentieth century: The Indian Texans, The Mexican Texans, The European Texans, The African Texans, and The Asian Texans.

Excerpt

The Institute of Texan Cultures opened in 1968 with exhibits depicting the cultural groups that settled early Texas. The exhibit displays resulted from a massive research effort by many young scholars into the history and culture of Texas. This research served as the basis for writing what became known as β€œthe ethnic pamphlet series.” The series included pamphlets devoted to such titles as the Swiss Texans, the Norwegian Texans, the Native American Texans, the Mexican Texans, the Greek Texans, the Spanish Texans, the African American Texans, the Chinese Texans, and many more. Some years later several books about additional cultural groups were produced. These included the Japanese Texans, the Irish Texans, the Polish Texans, and numerous others.

Thirty years later, as staff reviewed the early pamphlets, it became obvious that although the material remained accurate, it was time for a revision with a fresh look. Thus emerged the Texans All book set. Organized by world regions, each volume briefly summarizes aspects of the social and cultural contributions made by the groups immigrating to Texas. The book series includes the five distinctive cultural groups that were in Texas or came to Texas before statehood and into the early twentieth century: The Indian Texans, The Mexican Texans, The European Texans, The African Texans, and The Asian Texans.

Each author used an organizational pattern dictated by the content. (The African Texans is organized chronologically, for instance.) The content of each book does not follow a traditional history of battles and events in Texas, but rather addresses the cultures and the people as they formed early communities in Texas. The authors utilized primary sources to incorporate into the text, and sidebars provide biographical or topical sketches. As the manuscripts neared . . .

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