Passionate Nation The Epic History of Texas

ISBN-10: 1439110182
ISBN-13: 9781439110188
Edition: N/A
Authors: James L. Haley
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List price: $37.99
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 4/21/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Texas has become the most American of all the states. Texas's politics has taken over in Washington, and Texas's passionate sense of itself as a nation is echoed by the fervent patriotism of tens of millions of Americans. Texas is also our most outsized hodgepodge -- of Latino, black, white, Asian; of characters who transcend any category. In so many ways, America today is Texas writ large. InPassionate NationJames L. Haley offers a comprehensive and definitive history of this singular and singularly American state, a history that explains how Texas became Texas, even before it became such a central national symbol for America. Haley peers through the lens of the extraordinary "ordinary" men and women who have streamed to Texas from its beginnings, and created it in their own contradictory, uncontrollable image. He recovers elements bowdlerized by previous and more prudish generations, such as the discovery, by sixteenth-century explorer Cabeza de Vaca, of Indian warriors living in conjugal relationships with male eunuchs. He presents documents never before published, such as a rare appeal for aid from the town of Gonzales on the eve of the Texas Revolution. He restores to the history important figures who have been allowed to drop from the usual recitation, such as Benjamin Lundy, who almost single-handedly prevented the Texas Republic from being annexed to the United States for nearly a decade. He corrects the record at every turn, starting with the fact that Jane Lundy was not the "mother of Texas." Throughout, he uses great stories to present the passion of people who lived and worried and suffered and laughed. The first Indians settled in Texas in about 10,000 B.C.; the first Europeans arrived in the early sixteenth century. Since then, the land that is now Texas has belonged to six powers at eight different times: Spain (1519-1685), France (to 1690), Spain again (to 1821), Mexico (to 1836), the Republic of Texas (to 1845), the U.S.A. (to 1861), the Confederacy (to 1865), and the U.S.A. to stay. From Jim Bowie's and Davy Crockett's myth-enshrouded stand at the Alamo to the Mexican-American War to Sam Houston's heroic failed effort to keep Texas in the Union during the Civil War, the transitions in Texas history have often been as painful and tense as the "normal" periods in between. Here, in all of its epic grandeur, is the story of Texas as its own passionate nation, a history that shows that circumstances can radically change, yet culture and character can last for centuries.

James L. Haleyis the author ofThe Buffalo War,Passionate Nation, andSam Houston: A Life, which won nine historical and literary awards. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Gold and Souls
Smiling Captors
The Cities of Gold
So Beset with Hardships
Imperial Competition
Souls Without Gold
Love and Booty
The Empty Quarter
Mission Life
Americans
Green Flag, Red Blood
Strange Bedfellows
From Empresarios to Independence
A Connecticut Yankee in King Ferdinand's Court
The Young Empresario
Pelts Passed Current
Gone to Texas
A Finger in the Dike
Almost a Black Colony
Flashpoint Doused
Sam Houston, Late of Tennessee
The Quiet Before the Storm
Come and Take It
Who Will Go will Old Ben Milam?
Pretended Government
I Am Determined to Die Like a Soldier
The New Nation
Brilliant, Pointless, Pyrrhic
How Did Davy Die?
The Ill-Fated Fannin
You Must Fight Them
The Battle of San Jacinto
From Nation to State
Independence and the Southern Conspiracy
A New Country, a New City
Poet and President
The Sanguinary Savage
Retrenchment
The Annexation Quickstep
Nothing Wanting, Nothing Too Much
The State of Texas
Life in the Lone Star State
Still More Fighting
Slavery and Secession
A Little Terror
The War in Texas
Forty Acres and a Mule
Scalawags and Carpetbaggers
Cattle Empire
Clearing the Plains
Buffalo Days
The Red River War
Cattle Empire
The Populist Movement
Life by Mail Order
Final Raids
Fort Davis: Western Anchor
Law vs. Outlaw
Political Evolution
God Goes Primitive
Gaining Culture
Oil Empire
Early Gushers
A New Century
Valley of the Shadow
Intelligent Patriotism and Flying Machines
Flappers and Fergusonism
So Long, It's Been Good to Know You
More Fergusons, and Worse
Texas at War, Again
Climbing Jacob's Ladder
A Flowering of Texas Letters
Assassination, War, and Antiwar
Changes, Faster and Faster
Afterword
Selected Sources and Further Reading
Index

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