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Dr. Light T. Cummins

Department of History
Austin College
Sherman, TX 75090
(903) 813-2359
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Topics of Expertise

European Colonization
Mexican Colonization
Republic of Texas
Farming Industry
Texas Arts and Culture

Presentations

1. Sister to an Empire: Emily Austin Bryan Perry of Texas, 1795-1851

Summary: Emily was the sister of Stephen F. Austin. She settled in Texas with her husband and children in the 1830s and became mistress of Peach Point Plantation. She was one of the most prominent women in Texas during her lifetime. This talk examines her life while it also provides a larger analysis of plantation society from the Anglo-American settlement of Mexican Texas into the ante-bellum era.
Length: 45-60 minutes
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.19(A), 4.19(C)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.19(A), 7.19(B)
Appropriate Audience: Adult
Setup Requirements: None

2. Texas, Spain, and the American Revolution.

Summary: This talk examines the role that Spanish Louisiana and Texas played in the American Revolution while they were colonies of Spain. It will consider the first cattle drives in Texas history, military clashes along the Gulf Coast between Spain and England, and the activities of General Bernardo de Galvez
Length: 45-60 minutes
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.2(A), 4.2(C)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.2(C), 7.2(D)
Appropriate Audience: Adult
Setup Requirements: None

3. Telling the Story of Old-Time Texas: The History of Texas History

Summary: This talk examines the myth and mystique of Texas and considers why many Texans feel that their state is unique. It surveys much of the historical writing about Texas history in a popularly oriented fashion by way of explaining why those authors who write about Texas history continue this viewpoint to the present day.
Length: 45-60 minutes
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.21(A), 4.21(B)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.21(A), 7.21(B), 7.21(D), 7.21(E), 7.21(F), 7.21(G)
Appropriate Audience: Adult
Setup Requirements: None

Areas of Service

Within 150 Miles of Dallas/Fort Worth
Within 150 Miles of San Antonio

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