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The New Texas History

Sep 18, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Stephen Harrigan’s ’Big Wonderful Thing’ sweeps away decades of mythmaking. Are we ready to remember the Alamo—and the Texas Rangers and the Civil War—differently?

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Américo Paredes vs. J. Frank Dobie

Sep 18, 2019 By John Phillip Santos

For years, the great folklorist convinced many scholars and activists that the vaunted “Texas Man of Letters” was an anti-Mexican racist. Maybe it’s time to reconsider that judgment—as Paredes himself eventually did.

The White Stuff

Feb 12, 2015 By Michael Ennis

The secret history of cotton, the crop that transformed the global economy—and kept Texans in poverty for generations.

Does “Selma” Get LBJ Wrong?

Jan 8, 2015 By Dan Solomon

The Golden Globe-nominated film about the Civil Rights Movement is the subject of some unexpected controversy regarding its depiction of the relationship between Martin Luther King and President Lyndon Johnson.

Race and Relations

Jun 5, 2014 By Michael Ennis

Journalist Chris Tomlinson delves into the parallel histories of two Texas families with the same last name—one black, one white.

Chicken Fried State

Nov 12, 2013 By James McWilliams

How a lowly cut of beef—breaded, spiced, and fried to order—was transformed into a vessel for the modern food system.

Hoop Queens

Mar 11, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

Half a century ago, the women’s basketball team at Wayland Baptist College set an extraordinary record that may never be broken: the longest winning streak in sports history.

Confessions of a Seventh-Grade Texas History Teacher

Jan 21, 2013 By John Spong

Bobby Jackson has taught students in the Aransas County school district about the Plains Indians, the Battle of San Jacinto, and Spindletop since the state celebrated its sesquicentennial. How he does it bears no resemblance to the class I took when I was stuck in middle school.

The Last Empire

Jan 20, 2013 By William Broyles

The King Ranch saga: how one family conquered, tamed, loved, toiled on, and fought over a great piece of Texas.

Lady Bird

Jan 20, 2013 By robertcaro

In this excerpt from Means of Ascent, the shy, withdrawn young wife of Lyndon Johnson reveals a presence and command that took everyone by surprise—including her husband.

The Evolver

Jan 20, 2013 By Robert Draper

“All you’ve got is a famous name,” a Republican operative told George W. Bush. But six years later he was governor, and six years after that he was president. And six years after that, his place in history—not to mention the fate of the world—is a little uncertain.

The Next Frontier

Jan 20, 2013 By S. C. Gwynne

How has the state’s most storied ranch managed to survive and thrive in the twenty-first century? By operating in a way that its founder, Captain Richard King, would scarcely recognize.

Common Threads

Aug 31, 2011 By Katharyn Rodemann

Karey Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes have finally completed their life’s work, a massive three-volume history of the quilts of Texas, from 1836 to the present. Here are ten that tell the story of quilting—and our state.

Wind Instruments

Jul 31, 2011 By Kate Galbraith

From the old-style models to the three-story turbines, windmills are a part of Texas history. The machine's evolution is on display in Lubbock at the world's largest windmill museum.

An Excerpt From Trillin on Texas

Mar 31, 2011 By calvintrillin

Introduction Yes, I do have a Texas connection, but, as we’d say in the Midwest, where I grew up, not so’s you’d know it. I come from an immigrant family. Although my father sounded like Harry Truman and freely used phrases like “Haven’t had so much fun since the hogs…

Ghosts Of War

Mar 31, 2009 By Gary Cartwright

Happy Texas Independence Day! Read five stories about our state's history, including this piece about the battlegrounds of Texas, which tell an incredible story of struggle, sorrow, triumph, and terror.

Pasó por Aquí

Dec 1, 2006 By Gary Cartwright

José Cisneros, the legendary illustrator of the Spanish Southwest, is 96, almost blind, and nearly deaf. And, of course, he has no plans to put down his pen.

Duke of Dunbar

Jan 1, 2004 By Michael Hall

That would be 75-year-old Robert Hughes, who has amassed more victories while coaching in Fort Worth than anyone in high school basketball history. For most people, that would be enough.

Giant

Apr 30, 2002 By Don Graham

Master of the Senate, Robert Caro's third volume on the life of Lyndon Johnson, is an exhaustive study of power, persuasion, and private parts.

Forget the Alamo

Apr 1, 1998 By Debbie Nathan

Sorry, T. R. Fehrenbach: the new Texas historians don’t care about Davy Crockett or other old icons. To them, the real heroes are women, blacks, and yes, Mexican Americans.