Seeking Inalienable Rights demonstrates that the history of Texans’ quests to secure inalienable rights and expand government-protected civil rights has been one of stops and starts, successes and failures, progress and retrenchment.
Inside This Book:
"Early Organizing in the Search for Equality African American Conventions in Late Nineteenth-Century Texas"-Alwyn Barr, Texas Tech University
"Crucial Decade for Texas Labor: Railway Union Struggles, 1886–1896"-George N. Green, University of Texas at Arlington
"Racism and Sexism in Rural Texas: The Contested Nature of Progressive Rural Reform, 1870s–1910s" -Debra A. Reid, Eastern Illinois University
"Fighting on the Home Front: The Rhetoric of Woman Suffrage in World War I"-James Seymour, Lone Star College, Cy Fair
"Contrasts in Neglect: Progressive Municipal Reform in Dallas and San Antonio"-Patricia E. Gower, University of the Incarnate Word
"Religious Moderates and Race: The Texas Christian Life Commission and the Call for Racial Reconciliation, 1954–1968"-David K. Chrisman, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
"Elusive Unity: African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Civil Rights in Houston"-Brian D. Behnken, Iowa State University
"Chicanismo and the Flexible Fourteenth Amendment: 1960s Agitation and Litigation by Mexican American Youth in Texas"-Steven Harmon Wilson, Tulsa Community College
This insightful discussion will appeal to those interested in African American, Hispanic, labor, and gender history.
DEBRA A. REID is professor of history at Eastern Illinois University and visiting associate professor in the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, and she received her M.A. from Baylor University in 1996 and her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2000. Her dissertation, the last that Robert A. Calvert chaired, received the Gilbert C. Fite Award from the Agricultural History Society. The book that resulted, Reaping a Greater Harvest: African Americans, the Extension Service and Rural Reform in Jim Crow Texas (2007), won the T. R. Fehrenbach Award from the Texas Historical Commission. Her articles on women, gender, and rural minority history have appeared in Agricultural History, the Bulletin of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM), the Midwest Open Air Museums Magazine, History News, the Journal of Urban History, and in two anthologies, The Countryside in the Age of the Modern State (2001) and Interpreting Historic House Museums (2002).
What Readers Are Saying:
"Texas is far from a perfect place in this "rights" business, and these essays in Seeking Inalienable Rights make it plain that the emphasis has been on 'seeking' (meaning that what is considered inalienable has been at least suppressed)." -Archie P. McDonald, Stephen F. Austin University
"An informative collection. . . illustrating the multifarious ways in which Texans over time perceived the meaning of inalienable rights."-Arnoldo De León, Angelo State University