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TEXAS HISTORY

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by FRANK SMYRL

2nd ed., 1985, 474 pages, $24.95
ISBN 978-0-89641-159-3  Review Shopping Cart

 


Since Piñeda's 1519 approach to its coasts, Texas has continually been a focal point of tension, excitement, and significant happenings in the history of western civilization. This collection of essays is chosen as a text for the study of Texas history in part to demonstrate that point. For nearly two centuries after Piñeda, Texas was a vaguely defined place of sporadic contact — sometimes friendly, sometimes unfriendly — between Spaniards and native American Indians. The third competitor, the French, joined the race for control of the region. For over a hundred years, the two European powers struggled with each other, and sometimes with the Indians, to gain the upper hand in Texas, with the motivating forces of "God, gold, and glory" obvious at every turn. Near the beginning of the fourth century after Piñeda, Americans (loosely termed "Anglos") entered the picture, just as the French presence was slipping away, and the struggle for mastery intensified. Most of Europe, meanwhile, was embroiled in the Napoleonic wars, and the shock waves of those struggles were commonly seen and felt in distant Texas, which to some was a frontier, to some a borderlands, and to others home. Texas played catch-up with the rest of western civilization in the nineteenth century in all aspects of life. Finally, in the twentieth century, Texas has come to contribute fully its share in a miriad of fields. Texas history thus constitutes a unique and meaningful field of study.
American Press has developed an open-ended series of works by writers of Texas history which seeks to relate its particularly important aspects to a broad audience of students and scholars. Some of these essays treat a historic period, and when taken together they fairly cover the chronological time span of Texas. Others are concerned with topics of importance which do not fit well into more conventional approaches without creating serious problems of organization. This particular collection of the essays (each of which is also available as a separate publication) is intended to provide the basic core of material which a student of Texas history should learn in a college course emphasizing the pre-1876 period. Students are urged to supplement this volume with other essays in the series to provide text material tailored to their own needs and interests. Notice should also be made of the bibliographical feature of each essay that will guide students to further reading beyond the depth of these essays.


CONTENTS


Chapter 1: ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL PERCEPTIONS IN TEXAS

Chapter 2: NATIVE AMERICAN OF TEXAS

Chapter 3: SPANISH TEXAS, 1519-1810

Chapter 4: THE ANGLO AMERICAN ADVANCE INTO TEXAS, 1810-1830

Chapter 5: THE TRAIL TO SAN JACINTO

Chapter 6: THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS

Chapter 7: IMMIGRATION TO TEXAS

Chapter 8: THE TWENTY-EIGHTH STAR: TEXAS DURING THE PERIOD OF EARLY STATEHOOD, 1846-1861

Chapter 9: TEXAS IN GRAY: THE CIVIL WAR YEARS, 1861-1865

Chapter 10: RECONSTRUCTION IN TEXAS


 

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