Fifty Years of the Texas Observer / Edition 1

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For the past five decades the Texas Observer has been an essential voice in Texas culture and politics, championing honest government, civil rights, labor, and the environment, while providing a platform for many of the state’s most passionate and progressive voices. Included are ninety-one selections from Roy Bedichek, Lou Dubose, Ronnie Dugger, Dagoberto Gilb, Jim Hightower, Molly Ivins, Larry McMurtry, Maury Maverick Jr., Willie Morris, Debbie Nathan, and others.
To mark the Observer’s fiftieth anniversary, Char Miller has selected a cross section of the best work to appear in its pages. Not only does the collection pay homage to an important alternative voice in Texas journalism, it also serves as a progressive chronicle of a half-century of life in the Lone Star State—a state that has spawned three presidents in the last forty years. If Texas is, as some say, a crucible for national politics, then Fifty Years of the Texas Observer can be read as a casebook for issues that concern citizens in all fifty states.

Molly Ivins's foreword gives historical background for the Observer and sets the stage for the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595340016
  • Publisher: Trinity University Press
  • Publication date: 9/9/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 423
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Char Miller is Professor of History at Trinity University. He is the author of Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism and the editor of several volumes, including An Atlas of U.S. and Canadian Environmental History, American Forests, and a compilation from the Colorado-based publication High Country News entitled Water in the West. Char Miller has been a frequent contributor to the Texas Observer.

Molly Ivins is a former editor of and frequent contributor to the Texas Observer. Her books include Who Let the Dogs In: Incredible Political Animals I Have Known (forthcoming), Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America, and Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush (all coauthored with Lou Dubose), and Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?

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Table of Contents

To enlighten and not to suppress 7
Keep facts straight, stand by convictions 9
Controversy becomes "treason" when free discussion is impaired 12
The people's hero at the people's expense 19
"Hit 'em where they live" 21
"Name it!" says Dies 26
The segregation filibuster of 1957 30
A smart man won't get bloody 36
Editorial : this man George Bush 39
Interview : a conversation with Miss Jordan 41
Governor Kennard has a day 47
Editorial : this man Yarborough 51
An interview with Maury Maverick Jr. 54
Texas needs Farenthold 62
George Christian : the lobby's Mr. Big 64
The second best little whorehouse in Texas 69
Franklin Garcia : a union man 75
The Pols he bought 79
Pushing back the loneliness about their fires at night ... 89
In a refreshing provincial way 91
The hammon and the beans 94
Night train to Fort Worth 99
The itty-bitty bottle bill 103
The third battle of the Alamo 106
Ladies' days 112
It's all over now 117
Letter from the panhandle 123
Looking for my sister 126
On this day in Texas history 132
Le Ville des Vache 135
Inside the Alamo 138
You can't go homeless again 141
The wounds of Waco: the disaster that keeps on killing 146
Sitting ducks 155
Maverick foresees a rosy-fingered dawn 157
Editorial : a vote for Tower 161
New shapes in Texas politics 164
Los Cinco candidatos 168
The president is sworn in 177
Fools 12, folks 8 180
Humphrey must be defeated to save the Democratic party 185
Last flight to Johnson City 192
Lloyd Bentsen's fortune 195
A way to go from here 199
Leave it to Dolph 202
The tumor in the Texas Democratic party 207
A tale of two speakers 209
Farmworkers for Richards 211
Bad bills roundup : the beat goes on 213
Chronicle of a death foretold 217
Vote your hopes 222
Remember the Holiday Inn! 224
Stacked stacks 241
Thoughts on TV and things to come 243
My friend, Roy Bedichek 245
Freedom and "fatheads" 250
Free of both hate and fear 254
A letter from Texas 256
The best name I know 262
Apocalypse now? : a sensitive sounding of today's new youth 265
Texas observed 270
Concrete theology 275
Ever a bridegroom : reflections on the failure of Texas literature 277
Marfa's lesser lights 283
Jim Hightower : the media and the message 287
Books suck 290
The fate of the Texas writer 292
Power spelling 299
Miller opposes union until retailers unite 307
A Negro boy murdered in East Texas 309
The shootings 315
Unions and race 317
The bounty of nature 319
Shampoos and segregation 323
Blood-soaked textbooks 325
"Ghastly recompense" under the sun 331
Discourse by an other 333
A march in El Paso 335
An ecological Armageddon 338
About that "lynching" 346
La Raza Unida - keeps on keeping on 349
A death in Dimmitt 352
Bringing the future down to earth 356
The annual gun control editorial 361
Consider what (you) are doing 365
A class struggle 367
Who's poisoning Texas? 371
Killing Larry Robinson 376
Color of justice 380
The view from outside : IBP workers protest wages, working conditions in Amarillo 400
Journalism for justice 409
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