Texas, A Modern History: Revised Edition

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Overview

Since its publication in 1989, Texas, A Modern History has established itself as one of the most readable and reliable general histories of Texas. David McComb paints the panorama of Lone Star history from the earliest Indians to the present day with a vigorous brush that uses fact, anecdote, and humor to present a concise narrative. The book is designed to offer an adult reader the savor of Texan culture, an exploration of the ethos of its people, and a sense of the rhythm of its development. Spanish settlement, the Battle of the Alamo, the Civil War, cattle trails, oil discovery, the growth of cities, changes in politics, the Great Depression, World War II, recreation, economic expansion, and recession are each a part of the picture. Photographs and fascinating sidebars punctuate the text.

In this revised edition, McComb not only incorporates recent scholarship but also tracks the post-World War II rise of the Republican Party in Texas and the evolution of the state from rural to urban, with 88 percent of the people now living in cities. At the same time, he demonstrates that, despite many changes that have made Texas similar to the rest of the United States, much of its unique past remains.

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This revised edition updates David McComb's panoramic 1989 history of the Lone Star State. As the title suggests, this a modern history: The emphasis is on twentieth century events and trends. As in the previous version, this Texas, A Modern History contains a wealth of anecdotes, archival photographs, folklore, and maps. An inviting popular history.

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Written for the general reader, this book traces Texas history from its earliest Indian inhabitants to the present day. The emphasis is on the twentieth century and the change from a rural to an urban society. Included are often overlooked groups: women, blacks, Hispanics, Indians and immigrants. McComb (history, Colorado State U.) explores the ways Texans have managed (and mismanaged) the problems of pollution, resource exploitation, the oil depression, and civil rights. Includes anecdotes, folklore, maps, and many historical photographs. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292723160
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 814,415
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID MCCOMB grew up in Houston and is an emeritus professor of history at Colorado State University. He has written extensively about Texas history, including award-winning books on Houston and Galveston, as well as about Colorado and sports.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Land and Nature 1

2 The Spanish Legacy 23

3 Texas and the United States 47

4 Settlement 79

5 Texas in Transit 118

6 The Texas Mystique 149

7 "God Bless Texas" 188

8 Afterword: Books and Themes 216

Appendix I Presidents and Governors of Texas 219

Appendix II Counties of Texas 220

References 223

Index 231

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