|Janet Allured Speaks on Louisiana Womens's History|
Monday, March 25, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
|Jan Reed and Light Cummins at the TSHA|
|Contributors to Women and the Texas Revolution at the|
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Sunday, March 10, 2013
I have a biographical essay in a new book entitled Writing the Story of Texas. This book contains a biography of fourteen Texas historians of the twentieth century who have helped to shape the literature dealing with the history of the Lone Star State. As the press information for this book notes: "Edited by esteemed historians Patrick Cox and Kenneth Hendrickson, this collection includes insightful, cross-generational examinations of pivotal individuals who interpreted our history. On these pages, the contributors chart the progression from Eugene C. Barker’s groundbreaking research to his public confrontations with Texas political leaders and his fellow historians. They look at Walter Prescott Webb’s fundamental, innovative vision as a promoter of the past and Ruthe Winegarten’s efforts to shine the spotlight on minorities and women who made history across the state. Other essayists explore Llerena Friend delving into an ambitious study of Sam Houston, Charles Ramsdell courageously addressing delicate issues such as racism and launching his controversial examination of Reconstruction in Texas, Robert Cotner—an Ohio-born product of the Ivy League—bringing a fresh perspective to the field, and Robert Maxwell engaged in early work in environmental history." I wrote the essay dealing with Charles Ramsdell.
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Sunday, March 3, 2013
I have the honor of having an essay in a new book that is being published in honor of Randolph B. Campbell, a distinguished professor of History at the University of North Texas and the Chief Historian of the Texas State Historical Association. The title of my essay is "History, Memory, and the Rebranding of Texas as Western during the Centennial of 1836." The promotional material for this book from the University of North Texas Press notes: "In this collection of seventeen original essays, Campbell’s colleagues, friends, and students offer a capacious examination of Texas’s history—ranging from the Spanish era through the 1960s War on Poverty—to honor Campbell’s deep influence on the field. The first section addresses questions of Texas identity and the ongoing struggle of historians to define the southern and western heritage of the region. The second section focuses on defining influences and people—Spaniards, Mexicans, Indians, Anglo Americans, African Americans—who continually remade Texas throughout the early nineteenth century. The third section focuses on one of the defining moments in Southern and Texas history, the Civil War and its legacies through the Reconstruction era. The fourth section addresses Texas in the late nineteenth century, as the region became a crucible of the economic, political, and social upheavals that overtook the United States during those years. The final section examines an urbanizing Texas that struggled to find a balance between the heritage of the nineteenth century and the challenges of the twentieth century.”