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The Opera of Emeline

Apr 20, 2016 By Michael Hall

How one woman’s fight for freedom inspired Houston’s lawyers and artists more than a century and a half later.

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.

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.

A Q&A With Michael Hall

Jan 21, 2013 By Alexandra Scoptur

The senior editor on following the paper trail of Texas history, learning about Jack Johnson sparring with “Chrysanthemum Joe” Choynski, and researching his own family roots.

The Paper Chase

Jan 21, 2013 By Michael Hall

Houston attorney Bill Kroger and state Supreme Court chief justice Wallace Jefferson are on a mission to rescue thousands of crumbling, fading, and fascinating legal documents from district and county clerks’ offices all over the state. Can they save Texas history before it’s too late?

A Q&A With Katy Vine

Jan 21, 2013 By Evan McMurry

The senior editor on attending a Civil War reenactment, preserving history, and standing inside the Globe of Death.

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.