The History of Texas, 4th Edition / Edition 4

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The principle that all people make history continues to drivethe Fourth Edition of our well-loved text, one that considerscarefully the different cultures within the state as well as theunique heritage shared by all Texans.

Unlike other surveys of the Lone Star State, The History ofTexas goes beyond accounts of well-known figures to consider thelives of ordinary Texans, as seen in the continued and expandedcoverage of topics such as agriculture, industrialization,urbanization, economic disparity, migration patterns, anddemographic change. Like its predecessors, the Fourth Editionfeatures the history of folklore, music, literature, sports,religion, and other important aspects of Texas culture that helpdetermine the flavor of Texas, past and present.

In response to the feedback of instructors and students alike,this edition has been reedited and revised, making it moreaccessible to student readers of all levels and representative ofthe very latest historical research. Additions include broaderdiscussions of American Indian peoples, the activities in Texas ofthe French explorer La Salle, the lead up to and the battles andother events comprising the Texas Revolution, and the affinitybetween Texas and southern culture that ensued once the Republicbecame a state in 1845. In addition, the description ofReconstruction in Texas has been reorganized and simplified to helpstudents grasp better this complex topic. Naturally, the finalchapter has—in light of the rapid movements in politics, theeconomy, and culture—undergone extensive revision, bringingthe coverage through the election of 2006.

Still the best-illustrated survey of Texas history, The Historyof Texas remains the most inclusive, relevant, and up-to-dateaccount of all those who call the Lone Star State home.

Instructor resources are available at

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the first edition:

"The authors present a thorough and detailed study of Texas history from earliest contact with civilizations to the present, giving balanced accounts of each era. But equally important they provide an insightful social history, especially in regard to women, blacks, and Mexican Americans. In other words, the authors have produced a college history text of highest caliber." (Southwestern Historical Quarterly, April 1991)

"This is an extremely well researched and well written text. ...The analysis is fair and unbiased, even with the most controversial of modern political issues. And the authors handle race and ethnic issues with sensitivity and fairness." (The Journal of Southern History, November, 1991)

"This work appears destined to become a standard and influential text. Teachers who choose not to adopt it are certain to find themselves lecturing out of it. If this book finds a wider readership than the usual text, there may even be hope that the persisten chauvinism that dominates the popular view of Texas might be shaken." (New Mexico Historical Review, April 1992)

"Calvert and De Leon present a multi-cultural view of Texas History. ...The interpretation of Reconstruction is thoroughly revisionist and should contribute to a better understanding of an era that is probably the most misunderstood and misrepresented in Texas history." (East Texas Historical Association, December, 1990)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882952550
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/30/2007
  • Edition description: 4
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 503
  • Sales rank: 364,702
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements vii

Chapter 1. Contact of Civilizations 1

Chapter 2. Spaniards in a Far Northern Frontera 28

Chapter 3. Mexican Texas, 1821-1836 56

Chapter 4. Launching a Nation, 1836-1848 87

Chapter 5. Statehood, Secession, and Civil War 115

Chapter 6. Reconstruction, Republicanism, and“Redemption” 147

Chapter 7. A Frontier Society in Transition 174

Chapter 8. Texas in the Age of Agrarian Discontent 203

Chapter 9. Early Twentieth-Century Texas 240

Chapter 10. Progressivism in Texas 279

Chapter 11. Texas and the Great Depression 316

Chapter 12. From Pearl Harbor through the 1960s: Texas atMidcentury 346

Chapter 13. The Emergence of Modern Texas Politics 382

Chapter 14. Texas in Transition 416

Appendix 467

Index 470


Early Spanish Exploration 14

Frontier Institutions in Texas 30

Indian Tribes of Colonial Texas 41

Empresario Contracts 61

Ethnic Settlements, 1836 71

The Battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836 83

Towns of the Republic of Texas, 1836-1845 95

The Republic of Texas 102

Land Forms of Texas 119

Ethnic Settlements, 1850 121

Military Posts 126

West Texas Forts and the Comanche Range, 1866 to 1880s 179

Cattle Trails 182

Ethnic Settlements, 1880 199

Major Texas Railroads to 1900 207

Oil Fields of Texas and Date of Discovery, 1894-1918 243

“Wet and Dry” Counties of Texas, 1911 284

Texas Counties 425

Texas Today 464

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