Texas Confederate, Reconstruction Governor: James Webb Throckmorton

Texas Confederate, Reconstruction Governor: James Webb Throckmorton

by Kenneth Wayne Howell
     
 

Of the 174 delegates to the Texas convention on secession in 1861, only 8 voted against the motion to secede. James Webb Throckmorton of McKinney was one of them. Yet upon the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the Confederate Army and fought in a number of campaigns. At war’s end, his centrist position as a conservative Unionist ultimately won him

Overview


Of the 174 delegates to the Texas convention on secession in 1861, only 8 voted against the motion to secede. James Webb Throckmorton of McKinney was one of them. Yet upon the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the Confederate Army and fought in a number of campaigns. At war’s end, his centrist position as a conservative Unionist ultimately won him election as governor. Still, his refusal to support the Fourteenth Amendment or to protect aggressively the rights and physical welfare of the freed slaves led to clashes with military officials and his removal from office in 1867.

Throckmorton’s experiences reveal much about southern society and highlight the complexities of politics in Texas during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Because his life spans one of the most turbulent periods in Texas politics, Texas Confederate, Reconstruction Governor, the first book on Throckmorton in nearly seventy years, will provide new insights for anyone interested in the Antebellum era, the Civil War, and the troubled years of Reconstruction.

Editorial Reviews

Bruce Glasrud

"Kenneth Howell's James Webb Throckmorton is a thoroughly researched, well-conceived, scholarly work that will stand the test of time, and that makes an important contribution. Howell systematically reviews Throckmorton's life and career, and in the process tells us much about society in the South, in Texas, and especially on the North Texas frontier during three important eras in United States history."--Bruce Glasrud, editor, Buffalo Soldiers in the West: A Black Soldiers Anthology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603440400
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Series:
Sam Rayburn Series on Rural Life, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Commerce , #17
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Bruce Glasrud

"Kenneth Howell''s James Webb Throckmorton is a thoroughly researched, well-conceived, scholarly work that will stand the test of time, and that makes an important contribution. Howell systematically reviews Throckmorton''s life and career, and in the process tells us much about society in the South, in Texas, and especially on the North Texas frontier during three important eras in United States history."--Bruce Glasrud, editor, Buffalo Soldiers in the West: A Black Soldiers Anthology

Bruce Glasrud, editor,

James M. Smallwood

It is high time for such a well-written study. The last biography of Throckmorton came out more than sixty-nine years ago, and Howell's effort exceeds it on all counts . . . (James M. Smallwood, author, The Feud That Wasn't)

Meet the Author


KENNETH WAYNE HOWELL received his Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M University and now serves as assistant professor at Prairie View A&M University. He is author of Henderson County, Texas and coauthor of The Devil’s Triangle.

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