When traveling abroad and asked, "Where are you from?" residents of forty-nine of the United States usually respond, "the USA." Nearly every citizen of the Lone Star State will answer "Texas!" The world encourages such chauvinism. Mass media celebrates and exploits Texas and Texans in television and motion pictures about the Alamo, Texas Rangers, the oil industry, and athletics, to name only a few genre.
Texans' pride in their distinctiveness increases when their state is paraded—or satired—and they consciously "pass it on" to succeeding generations. But what does it mean to be a Texan? How did Texas come to be as it is?
Texas: A Compact History provides answers to such questions about Texans and Texas. It tells the story of Texas history and provides thoughtful interpretations about the state's development, all with the general reader in mind—in a brief, easily read narrative.
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Published by State House Press