Social Cleavages in Texas: A Study of the Proposed Division of the State

Social Cleavages in Texas: A Study of the Proposed Division of the State

Social Cleavages in Texas: A Study of the Proposed Division of the State

Social Cleavages in Texas: A Study of the Proposed Division of the State

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In a country so vast in area as the State of Texas, with its varieties of climate, topography and natural resources, it is obvious that there must be a multitude of cleavages of interests in the composition of its people even though the population be characterized by a relatively high degree of homogeneity. Adjustment of administrative functions to these varieties of interests must of necessity be attended by perplexing difficulties, and the intricacies which prevail vary in number and complexity with the extent of the knowledge concerning their existence and nature.

It has been with full appreciation of the magnitude and importance of the problem that the present study has been undertaken. Neither the whole nor a considerable part of the various cleavages has been considered. The study is an attempt to survey somewhat broadly a field which to the writer appears to have unlimited possibilities and to explore in more detail some of the outstanding parts thereof.

In order to avoid endless testing for bases of comparison on the one hand or the alternative of adopting arbitrary lines on the other, it has been deemed wise to use the natural geographic divisions of the State as units for comparison wherever it has been possible to do so. In cases where common understanding or authoritative designation makes other demarcations desirable, these have been freely used.

The oft-recurring agitation for dismemberment of the State of Texas, covering a period of more than three-quarters of a century of its history, is deemed sufficient justification . . .

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