Culture Conflict in Texas, 1821-1835

Culture Conflict in Texas, 1821-1835

Culture Conflict in Texas, 1821-1835

Culture Conflict in Texas, 1821-1835

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Since they began to write of the Texas revolution, historians have recognized as a large element in causing the conflict, the opposing habits and traditions of the Anglo- American colonists and the Mexican people.

Garrison even places this difference in traditions in a primary position in naming his book Texas, A Conflict of Civilizations; while in his numerous writings on Texas between 1820 and 1835, Dr. Eugene C. Barker actually gives this factor greater emphasis than Dr. Garrison does in the body of his writings. On the other hand, neither in the writings of these men nor elsewhere has an analysis of contact of cultures in Texas been made at all extensively; certainly no application of the principles of culture contact and conflict as given in present-day anthropological writings, has been attempted.

Writers have been content to say that Anglo-American and Mexican ways could not mix, and that bringing Americans into Mexican territory in numbers meant inevitable revolution, some not considering whether anything more were involved, others adding, or even giving chief emphasis to, racial antagonism, without taking the trouble to explain what they mean by racial differences. Nowhere is an answer given to why at least some of the migrants from the United States apparently readily renounced allegiance, politically and religiously, to their native land, and went to live under the tutelage of a people for whom they had no great respect, unless exception is made of that group of writers of an earlier date . . .

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