Lone Star Nation

Lone Star Nation

by Richard Parker
Lone Star Nation

Lone Star Nation

by Richard Parker



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To most Americans, Texas has been that love-it-or-hate it slice of the country that has sparked controversy, bred presidents, and fomented turmoil from the American Civil War to George W. Bush. But that Texas is changing—and it will change America itself.Richard Parker takes the reader on a tour across today's booming Texas, an evolving landscape that is densely urban, overwhelmingly Hispanic, exceedingly powerful in the global economy, and increasingly liberal. This Texas will have to ensure upward mobility, reinvigorate democratic rights, and confront climate change—just to continue its historic economic boom. This is not the Texas of George W. Bush or Rick Perry.Instead, this is a Texas that will remake the American experience in the twenty-first century—as California did in the twentieth—with surprising economic, political, and social consequences. Along the way, Parker analyzes the powerful, interviews the insightful, and tells the story of everyday people because, after all, one in ten Americans in this century will call Texas something else: Home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605987149
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Format: eBook
Pages: 352
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Richard Parker is an award-winning journalist who writes about political, economic, technological and social change. His work appears in the Op-Ed and Sunday Review sections of the New York Times, the Columbia Journalism Review and other major newspapers. He lives in the Texas hill country outside Austin.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Part 1 1

1 Texas 3

2 Great Migrations 15

3 The Cowboy 34

4 A Century of Oil 48

Part 2 69

5 American Colossus 71

6 The Fountain of Youth 87

7 Legacy and Promise 105

8 Promise and Peril 118

Part 3 127

9 Disaster 129

10 Abdication of Power 145

11 Pink, Purple, and Blue 158

12 The Anointed One 173

Part 4 189

13 Texas, 2014 191

14 Texas and America, 2050 208

15 Texas, Reconsidered 222

Acknowledgments 233

References and Works Consulted 237

Famous Texans: The Texas 300 249

Texas in Quotes 261

Index 265

About the Author 272

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