Texas: An Illustrated History

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In 9200 B.C. the first humans migrated into the Texas Panhandle. What followed--exploration and settlement by the Spaniards, Mexican rule, the years as an independent republic, statehood, secession, and the Civil War--and what is still unfolding today are fascinating stories. Distinguished Texas historian David G. McComb has gathered anecdotes, tall tales, and little-known facts to bring to life the drama, humor, and far-reaching consequences of Texas history. He writes of the Native Americans in Texas, of the ...
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In 9200 B.C. the first humans migrated into the Texas Panhandle. What followed--exploration and settlement by the Spaniards, Mexican rule, the years as an independent republic, statehood, secession, and the Civil War--and what is still unfolding today are fascinating stories. Distinguished Texas historian David G. McComb has gathered anecdotes, tall tales, and little-known facts to bring to life the drama, humor, and far-reaching consequences of Texas history. He writes of the Native Americans in Texas, of the armadillo (a whimsical folk symbol but not, as most suppose, the official state animal), the Alamo, barbed wire, longhorn cattle, the Texas Rangers, and the supreme importance of football to the average Texan. He profiles such Texans as Jim Bowie, Audie Murphy, Van Cliburn, Willie Nelson, Barbara Jordan, Michael DeBakey, and many others who have left a mark not only on Texas but on the world.
The long and complex history of Texas falls into place in an entertaining text, brimming with facts and filled with fascinating photographs and illustrations from the past and present.
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"Tracing the colorful history of the nation's second largest state, McComb begins with the earliest inhabitants, the Paleo-Indians, and continues through to Ross Perot and other prominent Texans. McComb's scholarly credentials are impeccable, and his discussion is thorough and balanced.... Quotations, anecdotes, and a lively writing style make this entertaining as well as informative. This title will be one to point out to adults as well as to older children."--Booklist

"A history of Texas from its prehistoric beginnings to the present, combining anecdotes, generalizations, and personality portraits in a pleasing narrative style.... This book will be especially useful to seventh-grade Texas history teachers complying with the new essential elements for that course, but fourth-grade students, high school students, and interested adults will also find much of value in the book. It should definitely be purchased by all school and public libraries."--Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Susan Dove Lempke
Tracing the colorful history of the nation's second largest state, McComb begins with the earliest inhabitants, the Paleo-Indians, and continues through to Ross Perot and other currently prominent Texans. McComb's scholarly credentials are impeccable, and his discussion is thorough and balanced, including the treatment of the Indians and the roles of African Americans in the state's history. Quotations, anecdotes, and a lively writing style make this entertaining as well as informative. The many photographs, paintings, and other illustrations enhance the appeal, although some pictures are separated from the related text. A clear map showing the cities would have been helpful, but with a clean format, extensive bibliography, and annotated list of places to visit, this title will be one to point out to adults as well as to older children.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195092479
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Series: Oxford Illustrated Histories Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

David G. McComb is a displaced Texan currently living in Colorado, where he is professor of history at Colorado State University. He grew up in Houston and graduated from Southern Methodist University. He holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. from Rice University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Professor McComb is the author of Texas: A Modern History; Houston: The Bayou City (winner of the Tullis Prize of the Texas State Historical Association); Galveston: A History (winner of the Texas State Historical Commission Book Award); and Colorado: A History of the Centennial State. He was a special research associate of the University of Texas Oral History Project on Lyndon B. Johnson and is a fellow of the Texas State Historical Association.

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