Writing the Story of Texas

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The history of the Lone Star state is a narrative dominated by larger-than-life personalities and often-contentious legends, presenting interesting challenges for historians. Perhaps for this reason, Texas has produced a cadre of revered historians who have had a significant impact on the preservation (some would argue creation) of our state’s past. An anthology of biographical essays, Writing the Story of Texas pays tribute to the scholars who shaped our understanding of ...

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Overview

The history of the Lone Star state is a narrative dominated by larger-than-life personalities and often-contentious legends, presenting interesting challenges for historians. Perhaps for this reason, Texas has produced a cadre of revered historians who have had a significant impact on the preservation (some would argue creation) of our state’s past. An anthology of biographical essays, Writing the Story of Texas pays tribute to the scholars who shaped our understanding of Texas’s past and, ultimately, the Texan identity.

Edited by esteemed historians Patrick Cox and Kenneth Hendrickson, this collection includes insightful, cross-generational examinations of pivotal individuals who interpreted our history. On these pages, the contributors chart the progression from Eugene C. Barker’s groundbreaking research to his public confrontations with Texas political leaders and his fellow historians. They look at Walter Prescott Webb’s fundamental, innovative vision as a promoter of the past and Ruthe Winegarten’s efforts to shine the spotlight on minorities and women who made history across the state. Other essayists explore Llerena Friend delving into an ambitious study of Sam Houston, Charles Ramsdell courageously addressing delicate issues such as racism and launching his controversial examination of Reconstruction in Texas, Robert Cotner—an Ohio-born product of the Ivy League—bringing a fresh perspective to the field, and Robert Maxwell engaged in early work in environmental history.

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Nancy Beck Young
Aficionados of Texas history will find much to admire in this volume.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292745377
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Series: Charles N. Prothro Texana Series
  • Pages: 326
  • Sales rank: 1,389,452
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick L. Cox is an author and public history consultant who previously served as Associate Director of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. His previous books include The House Will Come to Order: How the Texas Speaker Became a National Power in State and National Politics.

Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr., is Regents’ and Hardin Distinguished Professor of American History, Emeritus, at Midwestern State University. He is the author or editor of ten books, including Profiles in Power: Twentieth Century Texans in Washington, which he coedited with Patrick L. Cox and Michael L. Collins

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Charles W. Ramsdell by Light Townsend Cummins
Eugene C. Barker by Patrick L. Cox
Walter Prescott Webb by Michael L. Collins
Ernest W. Winkler by Dan Utley
Llerena Friend by Kenneth E. Hendrickson Jr.
J. Frank Dobie by Don Graham
J. Evetts Haley by B. Byron Price
Robert Maxwell by Archie P. McDonald
Carlos Castañeda by Félix D. Almaráz Jr.
Robert Cotner by Mary Lou Kelley-Scheer
Américo Paredes by Carolina Castillo Crimm
Joe B. Frantz by David G. McComb
Ruthe Winegarten by Nancy Baker Jones
David J. Weber by Jesús F. de la Teja
Contributors
Photo Credits
Index
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