Texas Graveyards: A Cultural Legacy

Texas Graveyards: A Cultural Legacy

by Terry G. Jordan


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292780705
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 01/01/1984
Series: Elma Dill Russell Spencer Foundation Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 896,079
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

A sixth-generation Texan, the late Terry G. Jordan held the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History and Ideas in the Department of Geography at the University of Texas at Austin. His many publications include Texas Log Buildings and German Seed in Texas Soil, both published by the University of Texas Press.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. The Truth about Cemeteries
  • 2. The Southern Folk Cemetery in Texas
  • 3. Traditional Southern Grave Markers
  • 4. The Mexican Graveyard in Texas
  • 5. The Texas German Graveyard
  • 6. A Legacy Squandered?
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Map of Texas Counties

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Texas Graveyards: A Cultural Legacy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
carlym on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a study of three types of old Texas cemeteries: the "southern" type (Anglo, African-American, and Native American), German, and Mexican. The author discusses the typical features of each kind and tries to establish the origins of those features. One of the points that I found most interesting was that the three cultures that make up the "southern" type had all adopted similar burial customs and that each culture had adopted some features from each of the others (i.e., no one culture completely dominated) despite having segregated cemeteries and not necessarily sharing the same religion. The book contains plenty of photographs showing the different types of grave markers, which I liked. Although the book is very much an academic study, it is well-written and easy to read.