Texas: A Compact History

Texas: A Compact History

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by Archie P. McDonald
     
 

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ISBN-10: 193333715X

ISBN-13: 9781933337159

Pub. Date: 02/28/2007

Publisher: State House/McWhiney Foundation Press

Texas "a whole other country"-a slogan that promotes tourism as much within the Lone Star State as elsewhere-is familiar to native Texans and those adopted sons and daughters who "got here just as quickly as they could." Texas is as varied as East Texas timberland, hundreds of miles of seashore, prairies of the Central and High Plains, and the dry desert of far West

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Texas "a whole other country"-a slogan that promotes tourism as much within the Lone Star State as elsewhere-is familiar to native Texans and those adopted sons and daughters who "got here just as quickly as they could." Texas is as varied as East Texas timberland, hundreds of miles of seashore, prairies of the Central and High Plains, and the dry desert of far West Texas.

When traveling abroad and asked, "Where are you from?" residents of forty-nine of the United States usually respond, "the USA." Nearly every citizen of the Lone Star State will answer "Texas!" The world encourages such chauvinism. Mass media celebrates and exploits Texas and Texans in television and motion pictures about the Alamo, Texas Rangers, the oil industry, and athletics, to name only a few genre.

Texans' pride in their distinctiveness increases when their state is paraded-or satired-and they consciously "pass it on" to succeeding generations. But what does it mean to be a Texan? How did Texas come to be as it is?

Texas: A Compact History provides answers to such questions about Texans and Texas. It tells the story of Texas history and provides thoughtful interpretations about the state's development, all with the general reader in mind-in a brief, easily read narrative.

ARCHIE P. McDONALD is the author of numerous books dealing with various aspects of Texas history, including Back Then: Simple Pleasures and Everyday Heroes (State House Press, 2005)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933337159
Publisher:
State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Pages:
254
Sales rank:
852,221
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents


A Whole Other Country     9
Indians in Texas     19
Spain and Texas     25
Colonial Texas     40
Texas Revolution     53
Republic of Texas     71
Statehood     86
Civil War     101
Reconstruction and Indian Wars     116
Economical and Social Changes     136
The New Century     154
Depression and War     173
Texas at Mid-Century     189
Political Shift     208
Modern Texas     225
Index     231

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Texas: A Compact History 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
mwalker More than 1 year ago
This book is very fast paced and easy to read. Title says it all, all about Texas history in this little compact book. I like how almost each page has a title at top so the reader always knows whats going on.
Lurch-o More than 1 year ago
Texas: A Compact History simply does what the title states. An easy and informative read, it's a fantastic starting point to get a general overview of Texas History. A helpful feature is the bold text indicating the topic of each section inside every chapter. It help keeps you in place and can allow you to skip ahead if you're not particularly interested in the section at hand. Overall, I would recommend it to any level learner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is exactly what the title says it is: compact. One the one hand, it's nice that the book is short and provides a quick read. However, it does skip over many of the important events that have taken place throughout the history of Texas. Overall, I found this book a little hard to follow.
DTMTX More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for those wanting a very broad overview of Texas history, from the original inhabitants to modern day Texas, without getting bogged down with too many details or political bias. This book is a chronological delivery of the facts which are essential for a basic knowledge of Texas history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a quick, and easy read about Texas History. Basiclly he's trying to pick out what's the most important events that have happened in Texas history to make it what it is today. I hope to use it in my classroom one day
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book for someone to learn the overall aspects of Texas History. Easy to read and interesting writing style makes this book all the better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is exactly as the title suggests. It is very easy to read and to the point. Gives you a chronological history of Texas. Great for people who would like to know more about this subject, but don't want to read a bunch of boring history books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to give a very basic, easy reading scan of Texas History. I think it would be a great book to add into any Texas History class, whether high school or college level. It goes into some detail but not too much as to dull the reader but enough to that you get something out of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent book for those wanted to learn about the basic Texas History.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really straight to the piont. There are alot of details and lot of information packed into this easy to read book. If your not from Texas this would be a great way to learn some new information.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The is a good over view of Texas history. It gives a quick history in chronological order of the history of texas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author gives a great overview of all of the important events in the history of Texas in order to explain its journey to becoming a state with an awe inspiring reputation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Texas. It offers an easy to read 'compact' history of the state and provides a nice chronological flow that makes it easy to reference. I think too many history books get caught up in the details and forget to paint the big picture. This is where McDonald's book excels because it provides enough details and historical accuracy to be respectable, but without being boring or overly complicated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Texas: A Compact History is a great book for people of all ages to learn about Texas history, and how things got to be the way they are today. It is a quick read and it doesn't get boring with a bunch of small details.