Where the West Begins: Debating Texas Identity

Where the West Begins: Debating Texas Identity


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Where the West Begins: Debating Texas Identity by Glen Sample Ely

Unsure which of its legacies are true and which to embrace, Texas grapples with an identity crisis. One camp insists that the state’s roots in slavery, segregation, and cotton make it southern. Another argues that its Native and ranching history make it western. Outside Texas, southern and western historians who don’t know what to make of the state ignore it altogether. In his innovative settling of the question, Glen Sample Ely examines the state’s historical DNA, making sense of Lone Star identity west of the hundredth meridian and defining Texas’s place in the American West.Focusing on the motives that shape how Texans appropriate their past—from cashing in on tourism to avoiding historical realities—Ely reveals the inner workings of a multiplicity of Texas identities.

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ISBN-13: 9780896727243
Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
Publication date: 03/05/2011
Series: Plains Histories Series
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 1,303,035
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Glen Sample Ely’s documentaries have appeared on PBS, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel. His scholarly work has appeared in journals such as Southwestern Historical Quarterly and the New Mexico Historical Review. A Ph.D. graduate of Texas Christian University, he lives in Fort Worth, Texas.www.texashistory.comAlwyn Barr, one of Texas’s most prolific historians, is retired from the department of History at Texas Tech University.

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