African Americans in South Texas History

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The history of South Texas is more racially and ethnically complex than many people realize. As a border area, South Texas has experienced some especially interesting forms of racial and ethnic intersection, influenced by the relatively small number of blacks (especially in certain counties), the function and importance of the South Texas cattle trade, proximity to Mexico, and the history of anti-black violence. The essays in African Americans in South Texas History give insight...

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Overview

The history of South Texas is more racially and ethnically complex than many people realize. As a border area, South Texas has experienced some especially interesting forms of racial and ethnic intersection, influenced by the relatively small number of blacks (especially in certain counties), the function and importance of the South Texas cattle trade, proximity to Mexico, and the history of anti-black violence. The essays in African Americans in South Texas History give insight into this fascinating history.
The articles in this volume, written over a span of almost three decades, were chosen for their readability, scholarship, and general interest.
Contributors:
Jennifer Borrer
Edward Byerly
Judith Kaaz Doyle
Rob Fink
Robert A. Goldberg
Kenneth Wayne Howell
Larry P. Knight
Rebecca A. Kosary
David Louzon
Sarah R. Massey
Jeanette Nyda Mendelssohn Passty
Janice L. Sumler-Edmond
Cary D. Wintz
Rue Wood

" . . . a valuable addition to the literature chronicling the black experience in the land of the Lone Star. While previous studies have concentrated on regions most reflective of Dixie origins, this collection examines the tri-ethnic area of Texas adjoining Mexico wherein cotton was scarce and cattle plentiful. Glasrud has assembled an excellent group of essays from which readers will learn much."-L. Patrick Hughes, professor of history, Austin Community College

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" . . . a valuable addition to the literature chronicling the black experience in the land of Lone Star. While previous studies have concentrated on regions most reflective of Dixie origins, this collection examines the tri-ethnic area of Texas adjoining Mexico wherein cotton was scarce and cattle plentiful. Glasrud has assembled an excellent group of essays from which readers will learn much."--L. Patrick Hughes, professor of history, Austin Community College

"From slavery in Bexar County in the 1850s, to Jim Crow education in Victoria, and from Maury Maverick struggling with racism in San Antonio during the Great Depression, to the forging of an African American Community in Corpus Christi, this superbly-researched volume fills a void in the history of African Americans in the Lone Star State.  Bruce Glasrud, who possesses an enviable passion for history, along with his colleagues, should all be congratulated for this superb piece of engaging and compelling scholarship that is certainly to be welcomed by anyone interested in Texas history.  A thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening read, the African Experience in South Texas History is highly recommended." — Jerry D. Thompson, Regents Professor of History, Texas A&M International University

“With this volume Bruce Glasrud presents new insights into African American history in South Texas, beginning with his thoughtful summary that notes differences from other regions as well as similarities.  Following are essays by different authors who explore African American life in South Texas from slavery through struggles against discrimination to community and cultural developments.” — Alwyn Barr, Professor Emeritus of History at Texas Tech University and author of The African Texans (2004).

L. Patrick Hughes

" . . . a valuable addition to the literature chronicling the black experience in the land of Lone Star. While previous studies have concentrated on regions most reflective of Dixie origins, this collection examines the tri-ethnic area of Texas adjoining Mexico wherein cotton was scarce and cattle plentiful. Glasrud has assembled an excellent group of essays from which readers will learn much."--L. Patrick Hughes, professor of history, Austin Community College
Regents Professor of History, Texas A&M International University - Jerry D. Thompson

"From slavery in Bexar County in the 1850s, to Jim Crow education in Victoria, and from Maury Maverick struggling with racism in San Antonio during the Great Depression, to the forging of an African American Community in Corpus Christi, this superbly-researched volume fills a void in the history of African Americans in the Lone Star State. Bruce Glasrud, who possesses an enviable passion for history, along with his colleagues, should all be congratulated for this superb piece of engaging and compelling scholarship that is certainly to be welcomed by anyone interested in Texas history. A thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening read, African Americans in South Texas History is highly recommended."—Jerry D. Thompson, Regents Professor of History, Texas A&M International University
Professor Emeritus of History at Texas Tech University and author of The African - Alwyn Barr

“With this volume Bruce Glasrud presents new insights into African American history in South Texas, beginning with his thoughtful summary that notes differences from other regions as well as similarities. Following are essays by different authors who explore African American life in South Texas from slavery through struggles against discrimination to community and cultural developments.”—Alwyn Barr, Professor Emeritus of History at Texas Tech University and author of The African Texans (2004).
Southwestern Historical Quarterly - Matthew K. Hamilton

"Glasrud has edited a fine volume of thirteen essays that deal with the black experience in South Texas from the pre-Civil War era up to the 1960s. Almost no facet of life in South Texas is ignored in this volume. The essays make for an excellent regional study of the lives, experiences, and impacts of African Americans in South Texas. The editor should be commended for his choice of essays and their arrangement. Any student or scholar of African American history will most certainly find this volume useful in understanding the complex social, political, and economic impact of black Texans in South Texas."--Matthew K. Hamilton, Southwestern Historical Quarterly
East Texas Historical Journal - Jessica Brannon-Wranosky

"...the articles in this collection are a rich source of information and interesting narratives...this book would be an excellent read for students, educators, and history buffs alike..."--Jessica Brannon-Wranosky, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Professor Emeritus of History at Texas Tech University and author of The African

“With this volume Bruce Glasrud presents new insights into African American history in South Texas, beginning with his thoughtful summary that notes differences from other regions as well as similarities. Following are essays by different authors who explore African American life in South Texas from slavery through struggles against discrimination to community and cultural developments.”—Alwyn Barr, Professor Emeritus of History at Texas Tech University and author of The African Texans (2004).

— Alwyn Barr

Merline Pitre

"Bruce Glasrud has assembled a superb collection of essays exploring the many facets of the African American experience in South Texas. Unlike many anthologies, this study sparkles with good writing on important conceptual and interpretive themes. Though relatively small in number, African Americans in South Texas have a rich and varied history. Their individual and collective efforts and contributions deepen our understanding of local, regional, and state history."--Merline Pitre, professor of history, Texas Southern University
Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Glasrud has edited a fine volume of thirteen essays that deal with the black experience in South Texas from the pre-Civil War era up to the 1960s. Almost no facet of life in South Texas is ignored in this volume. The essays make for an excellent regional study of the lives, experiences, and impacts of African Americans in South Texas. The editor should be commended for his choice of essays and their arrangement. Any student or scholar of African American history will most certainly find this volume useful in understanding the complex social, political, and economic impact of black Texans in South Texas."—Matthew K. Hamilton, Southwestern Historical Quarterly

— Matthew K. Hamilton

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BRUCE A. GLASRUD is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, East Bay, and retired dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Sul Ross State University. He has authored or coauthored nine books, including Black Women in Texas History and Blacks and East Texas History, both published by Texas A&M University Press. He lives in Seguin, Texas.
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Table of Contents

Foreword: African Americans-In South Texas? Cary D. Wintz vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: The African American Experience in South Texas Bruce A. Glasrud 1

Defending the Unnecessary: Slavery in San Antonio in the 1850s Larry P. Knight 29

Just Southwest of Dixie: Reconstruction in South Texas, 1865-1876 Kenneth Wayne Howell 46

"Wantonly Maltreated and Slain, Simply Because They Are Free": Racial Violence during Reconstruction in South Texas Rebecca A. Kosary 65

After Emancipation: Cologne, Texas Sara R. Massey 85

The Forging of the African American Community in Corpus Christi, Texas, 1865-1900 Rue Wood 99

Lola and Leon Houck versus the Southern Pacific Railway Company Janice L. Sumler-Edmond 133

The Colored Trainmen of America: Kingsville Black Labor and the Railroads Jennifer Borrer 151

Divided We Stand: Jim Crow Education in Victoria, Texas, 1901-1966 Edward Byerly 177

Maury Maverick and Racial Politics in San Antonio, Texas, 1938-1941 Judith Kaaz Doyle 206

The Houston Eagles and the End of the Negro Leagues Rob Fink 242

Corpus Christi's Galvan Ballroom: Music and Multiculturalism in the 1950s David Louzon 257

Racial Change on the Southern Periphery: The Case of San Antonio, Texas, 1960-1965 Robert A. Goldberg 280

"A Pearl of Great Price": Socio-Literary Activism in the Life and Writings of Olga Samples Davis Jeanette Nyda Passty 313

Blacks in South Texas: Selected Bibliography Bruce A. Glasrud 329

Contributors 335

Permissions 339

Index 341

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