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Dr. Randolph "Mike" Campbell

Department of History
University of North Texas
P. O. Box 310650
Denton, TX 76203-0650
(940) 565-3402
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Topics of Expertise

Early Statehood
Civil War and Reconstruction

Presentations

1. Sam Houston and the Secession Crisis in Texas

Summary: Explanations why and how Houston attempted to prevent secession. Puts the explanation into the context of Houston's cautious leadership from the time that he arrived in Texas.
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.3(C), 4.3(D), 4.3(E), 4.4(A), 4.17(D)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.5(A), 7.5(B), 7.5(C), 7.18(A)
Length: 30-45 minutes
Appropriate Audience: High School (14-18 yr olds), Adult
Setup Requirements: None

2. Sam Houston and the Texas Revolution

Summary: Describes Houston's leadership in 1835-1836 and argues that he was successful because he took a cautious practical approach rather than listening to the hotheads.
Related Fourth Grade TEKS:4.3(A), 4.3(B), 4.3(C), 4.3(D), 4.3(E), 4.17(D)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.3(A), 7.3(B), 7.3(C), 7.3(D), 7.4(A), 7.18(A)
Length: 30-45 minutes
Appropriate Audience: High School (14-18 yr olds), Adult
Setup Requirements: None

3. Writing "Gone to Texas:" The Search for a Usable Past for the Lone Star State

Summary: Discusses how I wrote a general history of Texas called "Gone to Texas" and how I tried to present what historians call a "usable past" while remaining true to the sources and evidence.
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.1(A), 4.1(B), 4.1(C), 4.1(D), 4.2(A), 4.2(B), 4.2(C), 4.2(D), 4.2(E), 4.3(A), 4.3(B), 4.3(C), 4.3(D), 4.3(E), 4.4(A), 4.4(B), 4.4(C), 4.4(D), 4.5(A), 4.5(B), 4.5(C)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.1(A), 7.1(B), 7.1(C), 7.2(A), 7.2(B), 7.2(C), 7.2(D), 7.2(E), 7.2(F), 7.3(A), 7.3(B), 7.4(A), 7.4(B), 7.5(A), 7.5(B), 7.6(A), 7.6(B), 7.7(A), 7.7(B), 7.7(C), 7.7(D), 7.7(E)
Length: 30-45 minutes
Appropriate Audience: Adult
Setup Requirements: None

4. The Importance of Slavery in Texas

Summary: Argues that slavery was vitally important in shaping Texas before 1865, that it was the key issue in secession, and that it made Texas essentially southern from the 1820s until today.
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.3(D), 4.4(A)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.5(A), 7.5(B), 7.12(B)
Length: 45-60 minutes
Appropriate Audience: Adult
Setup Requirements: No special requirements. Simply a lecture

5. Slave Labor and the Confederate Military Effort in Texas

Summary: Argues that slaves, because they were an essential part of the Texas economy, contributed in many ways to the military effort in Texas from 1861-1865.
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.3(D), 4.4(A)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.5(A), 7.5(B), 7.12(B)
Length: 45-60 minutes
Appropriate Audience: Adult
Setup Requirements: None

Areas of Service

Within 150 Miles of Dallas/Fort Worth

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