Fifty Years of the Texas Observer / Edition 1

Fifty Years of the Texas Observer / Edition 1

by Char Miller
     
 

ISBN-10: 1595340017

ISBN-13: 9781595340016

Pub. Date: 09/09/2004

Publisher: Trinity University Press

The Texas Observer began publishing in Austin in 1954, and in the past five decades it has been an important voice in Texas culture and politics. Following in the muckraking tradition of George Seldes and I. F. Stone, the Observer has championed honest government, civil rights, labor, and the environment, providing a platform for many of the state's

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The Texas Observer began publishing in Austin in 1954, and in the past five decades it has been an important voice in Texas culture and politics. Following in the muckraking tradition of George Seldes and I. F. Stone, the Observer has championed honest government, civil rights, labor, and the environment, providing a platform for many of the state's most outspoken writers - Roy Bedicheck, Willie Morris, Molly Ivins, Amado Muro, Maury Maverick, Jim Hightower, and Dagoberto Gilb, to name a few. To mark the Observer's fiftieth anniversary in 2004, Char Miller has gathered a cross-section of the best work to appear in its pages. While the Observer has ventured beyond Texas in its editorial coverage, Miller has chosen pieces that specifically speak to the state's politics, people, environment, culture, and locales. With a foreword by Molly Ivins, these pieces form a progressive chronicle of a half-century of life in Texas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595340016
Publisher:
Trinity University Press
Publication date:
09/09/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
423
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
To enlighten and not to suppress7
Keep facts straight, stand by convictions9
Controversy becomes "treason" when free discussion is impaired12
The people's hero at the people's expense19
"Hit 'em where they live"21
"Name it!" says Dies26
The segregation filibuster of 195730
A smart man won't get bloody36
Editorial : this man George Bush39
Interview : a conversation with Miss Jordan41
Governor Kennard has a day47
Editorial : this man Yarborough51
An interview with Maury Maverick Jr.54
Texas needs Farenthold62
George Christian : the lobby's Mr. Big64
The second best little whorehouse in Texas69
Franklin Garcia : a union man75
The Pols he bought79
Pushing back the loneliness about their fires at night ...89
In a refreshing provincial way91
The hammon and the beans94
Night train to Fort Worth99
The itty-bitty bottle bill103
The third battle of the Alamo106
Ladies' days112
It's all over now117
Letter from the panhandle123
Looking for my sister126
On this day in Texas history132
Le Ville des Vache135
Inside the Alamo138
You can't go homeless again141
The wounds of Waco: the disaster that keeps on killing146
Sitting ducks155
Maverick foresees a rosy-fingered dawn157
Editorial : a vote for Tower161
New shapes in Texas politics164
Los Cinco candidatos168
The president is sworn in177
Fools 12, folks 8180
Humphrey must be defeated to save the Democratic party185
Last flight to Johnson City192
Lloyd Bentsen's fortune195
A way to go from here199
Leave it to Dolph202
The tumor in the Texas Democratic party207
A tale of two speakers209
Farmworkers for Richards211
Bad bills roundup : the beat goes on213
Chronicle of a death foretold217
Vote your hopes222
Remember the Holiday Inn!224
Stacked stacks241
Thoughts on TV and things to come243
My friend, Roy Bedichek245
Freedom and "fatheads"250
Free of both hate and fear254
A letter from Texas256
The best name I know262
Apocalypse now? : a sensitive sounding of today's new youth265
Texas observed270
Concrete theology275
Ever a bridegroom : reflections on the failure of Texas literature277
Marfa's lesser lights283
Jim Hightower : the media and the message287
Books suck290
The fate of the Texas writer292
Power spelling299
Miller opposes union until retailers unite307
A Negro boy murdered in East Texas309
The shootings315
Unions and race317
The bounty of nature319
Shampoos and segregation323
Blood-soaked textbooks325
"Ghastly recompense" under the sun331
Discourse by an other333
A march in El Paso335
An ecological Armageddon338
About that "lynching"346
La Raza Unida - keeps on keeping on349
A death in Dimmitt352
Bringing the future down to earth356
The annual gun control editorial361
Consider what (you) are doing365
A class struggle367
Who's poisoning Texas?371
Killing Larry Robinson376
Color of justice380
The view from outside : IBP workers protest wages, working conditions in Amarillo400
Journalism for justice409

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