Texas Flags

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The Lone Star State takes its name from the icon on its famous flag, a flag whose story adds a unique dimension to the dramatic history of Texas. This beautiful book dramatically portrays the significance of the red, white, and blue standard with its single five-point star, the visual distillation of more than a hundred years of history.

In the flag's early incarnations, homespun cotton, ladies’silk dresses, and various other goods provided the materials used for banners to ...

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Overview


The Lone Star State takes its name from the icon on its famous flag, a flag whose story adds a unique dimension to the dramatic history of Texas. This beautiful book dramatically portrays the significance of the red, white, and blue standard with its single five-point star, the visual distillation of more than a hundred years of history.

In the flag's early incarnations, homespun cotton, ladies’silk dresses, and various other goods provided the materials used for banners to lead Texans in battle and in nation-building. Historian Robert Maberry, Jr., skillfully traces the use of the lone star symbol in the nineteenth century and describes in detail the various flags that have either incorporated it or used other symbols altogether.

Texas’ now-famous flag, Maberry has discovered, was not always a common sight in the state. Though it had been the national flag during the last six years of the Republic (1839–45), the original lone star flag was discarded in favor of the Stars and Stripes upon annexation in 1845. Indeed, by 1860 few Texans knew what their former national standard had looked like. During the years of secession and Civil War, Texans became reacquainted with the old flag, but they made relatively few copies of it, using the lone star emblem instead on the battle flags of the various units. When officials of the Confederacy mandated new “national” flags, Texans often modified them to reflect their own independent heritage.

The Texas flags pictured and described in this book were historical objects often of considerable artistry and, in many cases, ingenuity on the part of their makers in times of scarcity. Some of these historic flags still exist and remain sources of inspiration. Their stories, and those of other banners that have long since disappeared, reveal much about the cultural and aesthetic preferences of the age in which they were fashioned and about the political winds in which they were unfurled.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A companion to the current exhibition at Houston's Museum of Fine Arts, Texas Flags: 1836-1945, Texas Flags is a lushly illustrated record of the banners that have united and galvanized the citizens of the Lone Star State. From the Virgin of Guadalupe banner of the Mexican independence leader Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla to the Lone Star flags of the Republic years and the battle flags of Confederate units, the book documents the unusually rich history of the Texas pennants. The text by curator Robert Mayberry Jr., director of the Historical Flags of Texas Project, offers an engrossing overview of the state's history. (Mar. 2) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Journal of Southern History

". . . superbly documents the unique role that the Lone Star State has played in American flag culture . . ."-Journal of Southern History
Abilene Reporter News

“. . . gorgeous coffee-table volume . . .”-Abilene Reporter News
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585441518
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 994,889
  • Product dimensions: 12.20 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


ROBERT MABERRY, JR., wrote this book as guest curator for the exhibition Texas Flags 1836–1945 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He has also served as the director of the Historical Flags of Texas Project, a conservation effort sponsored by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission. His Ph.D. in history is from Texas Christian University, where he has taught U.S. and Civil War history.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Maps

Foreword Peter C. Marzio Marzio, Peter C.

Preface

Acknowledgments

Ch. 1 Tricolor y Tejas 3

Ch. 2 Lone Stars and Stripes 19

Ch. 3 Republic of the Lone Star 39

Ch. 4 Secession's Lone Star 53

Ch. 5 Texas Star in Virginia 70

Ch. 6 Stars of Heartland and Home 84

Ch. 7 Lost Cause and Lone Star 102

Ch. 8 Patriots' Stars 115

App Existing Flags Pictured in Text 133

Exhibition Catalog 135

Notes 167

Selected Bibliography 183

Index 191

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