The History of Texas

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The History of Texas is fully revised and updated in this fifth edition to reflect the latest scholarship in its coverage of Texas history from the pre-Columbian era to the present. * Fully revised to reflect the most recent scholarly findings * Offers extensive coverage of twentieth-century Texas history * Includes an overview of Texas history up to the Election of 2012 * Provides online resources for students and instructors, including a test bank, maps, presentation slides, and more


Robert A. Calvert, a fifth-generation Texan, was Professor of History at Texas A&M University, where he taught for more than twenty-five years. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of North Texas and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. A former President of the Texas State Historical Association as well as a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of that organization, Dr. Calvert wrote or edited numerous books and articles, most of them on Texas history.

Arnoldo De León is C. J. "Red" Davidson Professor of History at Angelo State University, Texas. He is the author of several works on Texas and Mexican American history, among them The Tejano Community: 18361900 (1982, 1997); Mexican Americans in Texas: A Brief History (1993, 1999, 2009); Racial Frontiers: Africans, Chinese, and Mexicans in Western America, 18481890 (2002); and editor of War Along the Border: The Mexican Revolution and Tejano Communities (2012); and co-author of North to Aztlán: A History of Mexican Americans in the United States (2006). His numerous awards and distinctions include selection as Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and membership in the Texas Institute of Letters. He was the recipient, in 2013, of the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies' (Texas Foco) Premio Estrella de Aztlán Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gregg Cantrell is the Erma and Ralph Lowe Chair in Texas History at Texas Christian University. He is the author or editor of numerous works on Texas history, including Lone Star Pasts: Memory and History in Texas (2007), Stephen F. Austin, Empresario of Texas (1999), and Feeding the Wolf: John B. Rayner and the Politics of Race (2001). He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association, of which he served as president, 20132014.


Now in its fifth edition, The History of Texas is fully revised and updated to cover the entire sweep of Texas history, from the pre-Columbian era through the Election of 2012. Incorporating the latest scholarship in all fields of Texas historypolitical, social, and culturalthe new edition of this classic text offers the latest insights into the original inhabitants, explorers, heroes, villains, politicians, sports stars and celebrities, as well as the unsung heroes of history, the ordinary people who shaped the region's past and paved the way to Texas statehood. New perspectives on twentieth-century Texas events address the Progressive Era, the Great Depression, World War II and postwar modernization, and the state's many changes since the 1960s.

The book has been reorganized to better meet the needs of instructors and features a thoroughly rewritten final chapter covering a series of hot-button issues in modern-day Texas ranging from the recent gas-drilling boom to the rise of the Tea Party. With more than one hundred photographs and twenty-one maps, The History of Texas remains the most comprehensive, best-illustrated, and inclusive survey of the Lone Star State.

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List of Maps vi

Preface and Acknowledgments vii

Timeline x

Chapter 1 Contact of Civilizations, 15211721 1

Chapter 2 Spaniards in a Far Northern Frontera, 17211821 27

Chapter 3 Mexican Texas, 18211836 54

Chapter 4 Launching a Nation, 18361848 83

Chapter 5 Statehood, Secession, and Civil War, 18481865 111

Chapter 6 The Era of Reconstruction, 18651876 142

Chapter 7 A Frontier Society in Transition, 18761886 181

Chapter 8 Texas in the Age of Agrarian Discontent, 18861900 213

Chapter 9 Texas in the Progressive Era, 19001929 237

Chapter 10 Texas and the Great Depression, 19291941 289

Chapter 11 War, Prosperity, and Modernization, 19411960 328

Chapter 12 Texas in Transition, 19601986 375

Chapter 13 A New Texas? 19862001 406

Chapter 14 Into the New Millennium, 20012012 439

Appendix 469

Index 474

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