Drawn primarily from diaries and letters of those who lived and traveled in Texas during its earliest days, this reference chronicles the lives of the settlers in firsthand accounts, both of the working-class farmer and of the leisurely dandy.
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Before Texas was part of the United States, it was a nation of its own. After gaining independence from Mexico in 1836, Texas declared itself a republic. Interesting features, including a timeline and a map, guide readers through this conflict-filled period of Texas history.
Almost a hundred years after the death of Stephen F. Austin this first full-length biography was published. And for almost a quarter of a century—dividing his time between editing, teaching, textbook writing, and serving in various academic capacities—Eugene C. Barker pursued the study which resulted in The Life of Stephen F. Austin. His accomplishment has long been regarded as a fine example of biography in Texas literature.
Lucy Shaw and husband Joshua emigrated from Maine to Galveston, Texas in 1838. For the next 12 years Lucy left a legacy of letters to her mother that illustrate the dangerous but often fascinating conditions in early Galveston. The letters are supported by historical notes by Professor James Valentino that explain the many details of life on the Island and bring to life the many people that Lucy encountered.
San Antonio native, military veteran, merchant, and mayor pro tem José Antonio Menchaca (1800–1879) was one of only a few Tejano leaders to leave behind an extensive manuscript of recollections. Portions of the document were published in 1907, followed by a “corrected” edition in 1937, but the complete work could not be published without painstaking reconstruction. At last available in its entirety, Menchaca’s book of reminiscences captures the social life, people, and events that shaped the history of Texas’s tumultuous transformation during his lifetime. Highlighting not only Menchaca’s acclaimed military service but also his vigorous defense of Tejanos’ rights, dignity, and heritage, Recollections of a Tejano Life charts a remarkable legacy while incorporating scholarly commentary to separate fact from fiction. Revealing how Tejanos perceived themselves and the revolutionary events that defined them, this wonderfully edited volume presents Menchaca’s remembrances of such diverse figures as Antonio López de Santa Anna, Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, General Adrián Woll, Comanche chief “Casamiro,” and Texas Ranger Jack Hays. Menchaca and his fellow Tejanos were actively engaged in local struggles as Mexico won her independence from Spain; later many joined the fight to establish the Republic of Texas, only to see it annexed to the United States nine years after the Battle of San Jacinto. This first-person account corrects important misconceptions and brings previously unspoken truths vividly to life.
The Sons of the Republic of Texas tells the story of the Republic of Texas beginning with its birth on April 21, 1836. Includes a brief history of the Sons of the Republic of Texas from 1893 to the present. The text is complemented by over 100 pages of family and ancestral biographies of members of the Sons of the Republic of Texas past and present. Indexed
The New Republic of Texas"We pledge ourselves to our fair land, where honor lives and justice true, Texas the grand Republic, nothing else will do!"The pledge given to the Republic of Texas on the occasion of the swearing in of a new President and sitting of a new government for the New Republic of Texas.The New Republic of Texas tells the story of Hank Pennington, a simple rancher and quite Texan who was called upon to abandon his life on the ranch and lead Texas to Independence. He reluctantly accepts the challenge. With dedicated friends and absolute determination he builds a coalition, gets elected Governor against incredible odds, and then is forced to rush his plans for independence due to pressures from both inside and outside Texas.Hank's obstacles aren't simply a lethargic and non-believing population or an entrenched Texas state political cadre. Hank faces down secret forces who move people around like chess pieces and use all the powers of government, industry, and more to smash through any obstacles to their power and strength. Hank calls them The Machine. And this Machine will stop at nothing.The conflict is ultimately between the American President and Governor Pennington, however. Though he has no deep love for Texas nor its people the President refuses to be the destroyer. In the end, he pays heavily for his defiance of the Machine. Texas survives. The Lone Star once again flies above the land and Hank Pennington becomes the most beloved statesman in Texas history and second only to Sam Houston in the contribution he made to his country.For over 150 years Texas has been a giver, the supplier of beef and materials and industry... and blood. Texas has always given far more than an even share. With its great location, massive size, incredible diversity, abundant resources and extremely loyal population, Texas has always stood out far above every other state and has in some ways been considered its own entity ever since the fall of the Alamo and the capture of Santa Ana at San Jacinto.Though the political reality of The Republic of Texas faded into history neither the ideal nor the dream has quite gone away. At times when the United States has been pulling itself apart many of us in Texas have believed we're better than that. We don't always get along either, but by god let someone trash our flag or our land and see what kind of hell they reap, from all of us.The United States is in very troubled times. There's insane talk of another "American Civil War," hatred and anger, a bad mood all the way around. But who fights who in this new "Civil War?" There's no clear-cut division of enemies as there was in 1860. The whole idea is nothing more than a path into oblivion. Except for Texas. We now have the opportunity to correct the mistake made in 1861. The Greatest Texan ever, Sam Houston, refused to support the South. He insisted that if Texas must secede then it should go its own way again. We didn't. This time, we should.I believe it's time once again for it to stand alone as an independent nation. It's time for Texas to rise above the pathetic fighting and ugly squabbles dividing the other 49 states and guaranteed to rip them apart. Texans, it's time to go.The New Republic of Texas is a novel. But it's a story that explores Texas independence and how it just might work. It's much more possible than you think!