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TEXAS: A POLITICAL HISTORY

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by LIGHT CUMMINS

1st ed., January 1990, 538 pages, $24.95
ISBN 978-0-89641-188-3  Review Shopping Cart



This book of readings has been especially prepared for use in a college level Texas History course. This book provides an understanding of the history of Texas from pre-European contact to the present. It stresses the political, economic, and social development of Texas as a colony, republic, and state. It as well analyzes the role which Texas has played in the development of the United States and the state's impact on the international arena.

The book begins with an assessment of the major events in the exploration and settlement of Texas. It provides a consideration of the native populations of various Texas regions, major figures and events in the exploration and settlement of Texas, the geographical regions of early Texas and their influences on settlement, and the characteristics of Texas as part of New Spain and Mexico. The course then moves to an analysis of the Texas Revolution, the formation of the Republic, and the establishment of statehood. Within this context, there is a survey of the major figures and events of the period, the causes and results of the Texas Revolution, and of relations between the Republic, and later the state, of Texas and the United States.

The Civil War and era of Reconstruction also receive emphasis. There is an analysis of the political issues which led to secession, the political and economic aspects of Texas's role in the War, and the effects of the conflict on Texas. As well, the course presents the political, social, and cultural issues of Reconstruction, notes the problems of economic growth and development, and examines the effects of the Constitution of 1876 on the development of the state.

The book thereafter offers a consideration of the major developments in the growth of Texas from the 1880's to the period of World War One. It also introduces the major leaders and movements in business, industry, and labor; surveys the causes and effects of ethnic immigration and social reform; enumerates factors involved in and results of economic growth; and notes the relationship of regional, geographic factors, and economic resources to settlement patterns and growth. This is followed by a similar presentation for the period from World War One to World War Two, including analysis of significant events and individuals in the social and political development of Texas, and the roles of Texans in international conflicts.
The final stages of this book note trends in Texas from the period from World War Two to the present. This permits an analysis of significant events and individuals in the social, political, and economic development of Texas; major industries in the state; the economic interdependence of Texas with other states and nations; and the causes of continuing urbanization in Texas. In addition, throughout the above chronological periods, this book considers the experiences and contributions of multicultural groups in Texas. This includes Mexican-American and Black Texans, along with a survey of cultural and ethnic pluralism in the state.

This book, as well, seeks to improve the student's understanding of the heritage of Texas government. It provides an introduction to the historical reasons for the structure and functioning of state government in Texas, along with a consideration of the role which education has played in the development of the state.

 

Contents

  • Chapter 1: SPANISH TEXAS, 1519-1810

    First Expeditions
    The Approach from the West
    LaSalle and French Threat
    Early Spanish Settlements
    Stabilization and Continued French Threats
    New Defensive Settlements
    Indian Menace
    End of an Era
    Reorganization of the Frontier
    Military and Civil Administration
    Missionaries
    Economic and Social Life
    Suggestions for Further Reading

  • Chapter 2: THE ANGLO-AMERICAN ADVANCE INTO TEXAS, 1810-1830

    Spanish Texas in 1810
    Filibusters and Revolutionaries
    Empresarios and Colonists
    Mexico's Anglo Province
    Mexico and Her Northern Neighbor
    Mexican Efforts to Save Texas

  • Chapter 3: THE TRAIL TO SAN JACINTO

    The Trail Begins
    Houston Organizes
    Santa Anna Takes Command
    Decision at the Fork of the Road
    Showdown at San Jacinto
    Bibliography

  • Chapter 4: THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS
  • Finance
    Land Policy
    Indians
    The Army and the Navy
    Beginnings i n Education
    International Relations
    Annexation

  • Chapter 5: THE TWENTY-EIGHTH STAR: TEXAS DURING THE EARLY STATEHOOD, 1846-1861

    Setting up the Government
    Administration of J. Pinckney Henderson and the Mexican War
    Administration of George T. Wood and the Return of Peace
    Administration of Peter H. Bell and the Compromise of 1850
    Administration of Elisha M Pease and the Development of Political Parties
    Congressional Succession
    Texas Society in the 1850's
    Administration of Hardin R. Runnels and the Calm before the Storm
    Administration of Sam Houston and the Secession Crisis
    Appendices
    Candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor
    Congressional Succession

  • Chapter 6: TEXAS IN GRAY: THE CIVIL WAR YEARS, 1861-1865

Secession
The Removal of Governor Sam Houston
Surrender of Federal Troops
Importance of Texas to the Confederacy
Indians and the Frontier Regiment
Sibley's New Mexico Campaign
Confederate Military Command in Texas
Red River Campaign
Texans in Gray
Leaders and Units
Texans in Richmond
Camp Ford
State Politics
Life in Confederate Texas

  • Chapter 7: RECONSTRUCTION IN TEXAS

    Texas in 1865
    A.J. Hamilton: The Unionists in Power
    James W. Throckmorton: Conservatives in Power
    Military Rule Returns to Texas
    Edmund J. Davis: The Radicals in Power

  • Chapter 8: TEXAS POLITICS IN THE GUILDED AGE, 1873-1890

    Introduction
    Richard Coke and the Emrgence of Conservative Deomcratic Coalition
    Agrarian Dissent: Greenbackers, The Grange, and the Democratic Party
    Wash Jones and the Independent Challenge to the Democratic Party
    Democratic Unity under Stress: Land Policy, Prohibition, and Railroad Regulation
    Collapse of the Conservative Democratic Coalition

  • Chapter 9: A LIBERAL VIEW OF TEXAS POLITICS, 1890s-1930s

    Reform and Retreat, Jim Hogg, the Populist Insurgency, and Colonel Edward M. House
    Progressive Reforms
    Baileyism
    Demon- Rum
    "Pa" Ferguson
    Texans in Washington
    Turmoil of the War Years and After
    Ku Klux Klan and Return of Fergusonism
    Oil and Politics
    Fergusons Again
    Texas New Dealers and Anti-New Dealers
    Republicans, Minorities, and Localities
    Southern Heritage
    What it all Means

  • Chapter 10: LIBERAL VIEW OF TEXAS POLITICS SINCE THE 1930s

    The New Deal in Texas
    The O'Daniel Phenomenon
    The Establishment Concept
    Establishment in the Cities
    Establishment in the Counties
    Establishment Lobbies
    "Pappy" O'Daniel Rampages
    "Calculatin Coke" and the University of Texas
    Controversies of 1947-1948
    The Shivers Era
    Establishment Hi-Jinks in Elections
    The Heyday of John Connally
    Establishment Muddles through – Smith, Sharpstown, Briscoe and Constitution Revision
    Labor and Liberal Approaches
    Rise of Bill Clements
    Case of Ralph Yarborough
    Other Texans in Congress
    Triumphant Establishment
    Biographic Essay

 

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