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Afterword
BOOKS AND THEMES

TO READ A WRITER IS
FOR ME NOT MERELY
TO GET AN IDEA OF
WHAT HE SAYS, BUT
TO GO OFF WITH HIM,
AND TRAVEL IN HIS
COMPANY.

André Gide, “Third
Imaginary Interview,”

1903

All writers have an ax to grind or, to put it more politely, a point of view. I am no different. I think that history is shaped by inspired people working with the tools and resources at hand. That is more complicated than it sounds, because inspiration can come from various directions—greed, necessity, patriotism, curiosity, kindness, anger, God—and is frequently mixed in unique proportions. Tools can be tangible, like shovels and automobiles, or intangible, like statutes and forms of government, which are the tools for ruling people. Resources are often a gift of nature, but without the inspiration and the technology the gift remains unused. Altogether, people, technology, and resources make up the stuff of history. To weave them into a tapestry of the past is a craft and an art.

This narration about Texas was written with such thoughts in mind, but it could not have been accomplished without the prior work of scholars and others who have been interested in the land and its inhabitants. It is impossible to mention all of the books that have been helpful and all the events of Texas history, but for a reader who wants more, here are some suggestions. For elusive facts nothing can beat Ron Tyler, ed., The New Handbook of Texas (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1996), six volumes, and the Internet version, Handbook of Texas Online. They are authoritative. Also of use are the statistics found in the biennial edition of the Texas Almanac that until now has been published by the Dallas Morning News. The Texas State Historical Association will be responsible for future editions. For bibliographies there are John H. Jenkins, Basic Texas Books (Austin: Jenkins Publishing Co., 1983) and Light T. Cummins and Alvin R. Bailey, Jr., eds., A Guide to the History of Texas (New York: Greenwood Press, 1988). These are now getting old, so for current ideas, articles, and book reviews I recommend the Southwestern Historical Quarterly published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Randolph B. Campbell has produced a well-written narrative history titled Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Maps vi
  • Preface vii
  • 1- Land and Nature 1
  • 2- The Spanish Legacy 23
  • 3- Texas and the United States 47
  • 4- Settlement 79
  • 5- Texas in Transit 118
  • 6- The Texas Mystique 149
  • 7- [God Bless Texas] 188
  • 8- Afterword Books and Themes 216
  • Appendix I Presidents and Governors of Texas 219
  • Appendix II Counties of Texas 220
  • References 223
  • Index 231
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