At the end of Reconstruction, the old order reasserted itself, to varying degrees, throughout the former Confederate states. This period—Redemption, as it was called—was crucial in establishing the structures and alliances that dominated the Solid South until at least the mid-twentieth century.
Texas shared in this, but because of its distinctive antebellum history, its western position within the region, and the large influx of new residents that poured across its borders, it followed its own path toward Redemption.
Now, historian Patrick G. Williams provides a dual study of the issues facing Texas Democrats as they rebuilt their party and of the policies they pursued once they were back in power. Treating Texas as a southern but also a western and a borderlands state, Williams has crafted a work with a richly textured awareness unlike any previous single study. Students of regional and political history will benefit from Williams’ comprehensive view of this often overlooked, yet definitive era in Texas history.
What Readers Are Saying:
“Beyond Redemption is carefully researched and thoughtfully analyzed . . . . This is a valuable legislative history, especially for the less-explored period from 1872 to 1876.” --Western Historical Quarterly
“Groundbreaking work that deserves the attention of Reconstruction scholars interested in the Texas Democratic Party during the Gilded Age . . . . Academicians undoubtedly will appreciate the author’s attention to detail and his impeccable research. Additionally, there are enough human interest stories within the narrative to keep the attention of general readers. Simply stated, this book is a must read for anyone who purports to study Texas history.” --Southwestern Historical Quarterly
"Scholars have paid little attention to the central story of the era, that of the dominant Democratic Party. Patrick Williams' Beyond Redemption offers a welcome insight into this institution and the role that it played in directing the state's destiny . . . an important book, offering a significant new interpretation of post-Reconstruction state politics. It should be of interest to any serious student of Texas history." --East Texas Historical Journal
“William’s study is superbly researched, and his notes reveal a wide reading in published and unpublished government records, archival sources, and contemporary newspapers. . . . ” --American Historical Review