Texas has long held a reputation as a geographic and cultural crossroads, where the narrative traditions of Native American, European, and African settlers have intermingled to produce a captivating trove of lore and legend. The state’s well-documented history is equally rich with inexplicable accounts of sinister characters, unsolved mysteries, apocryphal tales, and supposedly supernatural occurrences.
Explore some of the darkest and most mysterious corners of Texas history in Lone Star Lore: Myth, Mystery, and Haunted History, a mystifying miscellany of thirteen entries drawn from TSHA’s Handbook of Texas that includes:
• Biographies of some of Texas’s most haunting and mysterious historical figures
• The sordid details of some of the most infamous crimes in Texas history
• Information on popular points of interest for seekers of paranormal phenomena
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At the end of the Civil War, Texas was poised to enter the golden age of cattle trailing. With an abundance of cattle populating the state and demand rising across the country, cattle ranchers were eager to avoid depressed prices at home and earn much more outside of the state. Before long, a network of trails was established to transport cattle through Texas and across state lines. These trails remained the primary transport routes until the late nineteenth century, when railroad companies took over the transport of cattle.
Follow the journeys of the cattle drivers in Texas Trails: Pathways of History, TSHA’s latest free eBook. In this eBook, you can learn more about:
• Some of the major trail routes used by Texas cattle drivers, such as the Chisholm Trail, the Shawnee Trail, and the Western Trail
• Background information about the cattle transported on these trails and how the scourge of Texas Fever impacted the trade
• Minority groups who developed the cattle trailing and ranching industry, such as African American cowboys and the vaqueros
• Some of the prominent cattlemen and women of Texas, including Oliver Loving, Margaret Borland, and Daniel Waggoner
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Our unique history is shaped by the stories from the myriad individuals who influenced the politics, economy, and culture of Texas. Among these individuals are countless women who fought for gender equality and shattered glass ceilings, creating new opportunities for those who followed. Texas women make Texas history, and as a result of their contributions in the past, the foundation for the future is much stronger.
To ensure that these women receive proper recognition, TSHA has embarked on a multi-year effort to share their stories in our eBook series, Women Across Texas History. In this FREE eBook, you will read more about:
• Jessie Ames, a progressive leader and founder of both the League of Women Voters and the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching.
• Georgia O’Keeffe, the influential modernist painter who taught in West Texas
• Jovita González de Mireles, a teacher, folklorist, and writer who was one of the first Texan Mexicans to obtain a master’s degree and the first woman and Mexican to be president of the Texas Folklore Society.
• Lulu Belle Madison White, a teacher and civil rights activist who led in the effort to eliminate the white primary in Texas, integrate the University of Texas, and enforce equal salaries for black and white teachers.
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As the Mexican forces advanced to San Antonio, William B. Travis led the preparation of the Alamo for the anticipated battle against Santa Anna’s men. Travis and his garrison were vastly outnumbered and significant reinforcements did not arrive in time for the engagement. Nonetheless, Travis led the valiant defense of the Alamo until his death by gunshot during battle.
Discover how William B. Travis became a Texas hero in the fourth eBook in our Road to the Texas Revolution series. In this eBook, you will read more about:
• The life of William B. Travis and his actions as the leader at the Alamo
• Joe, a slave of Travis and one of the few Texan survivors of the Battle of the Alamo
• How the Anahuac disturbances helped precipitate the Texas Revolution
• The Travis Guards, a military unit organized for home protection against the Indians, as well as Camp Travis, a military training camp established after World War I
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Since its founding in 1836, the city of Houston has rocketed from a modest, small town of twelve to a thriving metropolis at the center of incredible innovations in medicine, science, and space exploration. The rise of “Space City” has played a pivotal role in the economic prosperity and leadership of the Lone Star State at the national level. As the city has grown, the contributions of Houstonians have grown as well, leaving behind lasting legacies for historians to document and share.
Featuring selections from the Handbook of Houston and related articles from the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, the eBook delves into the lives of some of the most influential individuals and institutions of Houston’s past.
• A full 128 pages focused on Houston’s civic leadership, business, immigration, society, law and order, and arts and culture.
• The effect of Jesse Jones on city development and politics.
• Biographies of other notable Houstonians who developed iconic businesses, universities, and landmarks.
• Houston’s advances in scientific research in space exploration and medicine.
• Fifteen related articles from the Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
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On March 27, 1836, Santa Anna ordered a mass execution of Texan revolutionary army prisoners, marking the tragic end to the Goliad Campaign of 1836. A total of 342 individuals were killed on these orders, and only a lucky few were able to escape the merciless slaughter. The event damaged Santa Anna’s international reputation and deepened sympathy for the revolution in the United States.
TSHA documents the campaign, the execution, and the individuals involved in the sixth book in our Road to the Texas Revolution series. In the eBook, you will read:
• Eleven biographies on some of the prominent participants of the campaign, including James Fannin, Santa Anna, and José de Urrea
• Six entries from the Handbook discussing the pivotal battles and engagements of the Goliad Campaign
• Three articles from the Quarterly focusing on the Battle of Goliad, John Crittenden Duval, and the Dedicatory Address at the Goliad Monument
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Sam Houston is one of the most illustrious political figures in Texas history, having served as the first regularly elected president of the Republic of Texas, a U.S. senator following annexation, and governor of Texas. Additionally, Houston was a war hero as the major general of the revolutionary army. His contributions to the Lone Star State’s formation were crucial to Texas independence.
Discover how Houston’s military and political success laid a solid foundation for the Lone Star State’s future. In this fifth eBook in our Road to the Texas Revolution series, you will read more about:
• Sam Houston’s life and career as a military leader and politician
• The Runaway Scrape, the flight of Texans from their homes during Santa Anna’s attempted conquest of Texas
• The adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence
• Houston’s leadership during the Battle of San Jacinto, the military engagement that resulted in ultimate victory for the Texans
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Understanding the diverse and rich culture of Texas is impossible without first understanding the history of Tejanos in the Lone Star State. Over time, Tejano traditions came to define many of the most iconic symbols of Texas, and their cultural impact is plainly seen in the architecture, language, clothing, music, literature, and cuisine that make Texas unique. Recently, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, TSHA updated its Handbook of Tejano History, and Tejanos Through Time is an excellent companion to this reference.
In Tejanos Through Time, you will read more about:
• The Spanish influence on Texas, resulting from their missions and colonial government
• Prominent political groups and activists who fought for Tejano civil rights, such as the League of United Latin American Citizens and Adela Sloss Vento
• Tejano influence on the arts, literature, and entertainment, featuring biographies on individuals such as Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua, Luis Omar Salinas, and Maria Belen Ortega
• And much, much more!
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The diversity of Texas music reflects the diversity of people in the Lone Star State. Perhaps most associated with Lone Star country music to listeners outside of the state, Texas musicians have also influenced a number of other genres, including rock-and-roll, jazz, blues, and even heavy metal music. By studying the development and maturation of music in Texas, one can chronicle the growth and changing demographics of Texas as well.
In Texas: A Musical Journey, you will learn more about the influence Texans have had on the music industry, including backgrounds and profiles on:
• “Texas, Our Texas,” the official song of Texas and “The Eyes of Texas,” the unofficial state song
• The biggest country, jazz, rock-and-roll, and blues artists who had ties to Texas, including Blind Lemon Jefferson, Buddy Holly, and Willie Nelson
• The music festivals that have received national recognition, such as South by Southwest
• Some of the “hidden gems” from the Texas music scene, including Carl Eric Lewis and Charline Arthur
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The host town to the Convention of 1836, Washington on the Brazos was a major political and commercial center in early Texas. At an unfinished building in Washington, the Convention’s delegates wrote the Texas Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the Republic of Texas, organized the ad interim government, and named Sam Houston the major general of the Republic’s army.
Discover how this small town of 100 became such an important location during the Texas Revolution in the second eBook in the Road to Texas Revolution series. In this eBook, you will read more about:
• The history and development of Washington on the Brazos
• Who participated in the Convention of 1836 and how it led to the formation of the Republic of Texas
• The framing and adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence
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Stephen F. Austin is commonly referred to as the “Father of Texas,” because much of the story of the Lone Star State began with him. Austin initiated Anglo colonization of Texas, presided over the Convention of 1832, represented Texas in the United States during the revolution, and served as Secretary of State of the Republic of Texas.
Learn more about the fascinating life of Stephen F. Austin in this first eBook in the Road to the Texas Revolution series. In this eBook, you will read more about:
• Austin’s journey from manager of the family general store to Secretary of State of the Republic of Texas
• Moses Austin, the father of Stephen F. Austin
• The Mexican colonization laws that served as a stimulus to Anglo settlement
• The “Old Three Hundred” colonists who received land grants in Austin’s first colony
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Pilots, activists, oil magnates, storytellers, scientists, ranchers, daughters, mothers – the number of women who have influenced the history of our state is as vast as the Texas landscape itself. These women fought for gender equality and shattered glass ceilings, creating new opportunities for those who followed.
This first eBook of the Women Across Texas History series, Volume 1: Nineteenth Century and Before, features biographies of women who represented women’s public and private roles including:
• A number of biographies on many of the prominent women of early Texas, such as Tamar Morgan, Emily Austin Bryan Perry, and Ellen Lawson Dabbs
• Thirty-seven entries from the Handbook of Texas and three articles from the Southwestern Historical Quarterly that feature a number of diverse ways women have contributed to Texas history.
• More than 100 pages by historians that note the influence of women prior to and throughout nineteenth century Texas.
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Although African Americans were subjected to the cruelties of slavery, segregation, and discrimination during the long history of Texas, they overcame these terrible obstacles and made significant contributions to the growth and development of the state. It is important to document African American influence on Texas policies, social standards, and culture. Today, TSHA operates the Handbook of African American Texas to ensure that the stories of the African American experience are shared.
In Struggle and Success, you will discover:
• A brief overview of the history of African Americans in Texas, as well as their involvement in Texas politics
• Biographies on some of the prominent political and civil rights leaders from Texas, such as Barbara C. Jordan and James L. Farmer, Jr.
• Profiles on the African American leaders in business, law, education, science, and medicine
• Articles from the Southwestern Historical Quarterly focusing on desegregation and the fight for civil rights in Houston
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The victory of the Texans at the Battle of San Jacinto was one of the most important events in Texas history. In just eighteen minutes, the revolutionary army overwhelmed the Mexican forces. The next morning, the Texans captured Santa Anna. Less than a month later, Santa Anna and ad interim president David G. Burnet agreed to the Treaties of Velasco to effectively end the Texas Revolution.
Discover how these pivotal eighteen minutes changed the world in San Jacinto, the seventh and final eBook in TSHA’s Road to the Texas Revolution series. In the eBook, you will find:
• Biographies on several leaders in the Texan army and ad interim government, including Sam Houston, Thomas Rusk, and David G. Burnet.
• An account of the Mexican War, the conflict between the United States and Mexico that soon followed the annexation of Texas.
• The story of the acquisition, use, and loss of the “Twin Sisters” cannons.
• Links to articles from the Southwestern Historical Quarterly and Texas Almanac relating to the Battle of San Jacinto and the survivors of the Texas Revolution.
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In February 1861, Texans voted overwhelmingly to secede from the Union and joined the Confederacy soon after. As a result, the Lone Star State became involved in a four-year conflict that would take the lives of many and leave none untouched. Texas escaped much of the terrible destruction of the war for a simple reason—United States troops never managed to invade and occupy the state’s interior. Nevertheless, Texans paid a huge price for the war, primarily in terms of lives lost and ruined in the Confederate Army and in the privations of families left at home.
TSHA documents the Texans involved in the conflict and the major events that took place in the state in Civil War in the Lone Star State. In this eBook, you will learn more about:
• The major battles and campaigns that involved Texas and its citizens
• Military commanders and leaders associated with Texas, such as Thomas Green and John Bell Hood
• Major events which took place in Texas during and after the war, such as the Great Hanging in Gainesville and the Juneteenth celebrations
• And much more!
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Perhaps the best-known battle of the Texas Revolution, the Battle of the Alamo proved to be a major turning point in the war. Although the Texans suffered a major defeat after a thirteen-day siege, the bravery of the garrison at the Alamo served as inspiration for the remaining Texan volunteers in their fight against Mexico. Today, we honor those that gave their life defending the San Antonio de Valero Mission as we “Remember the Alamo” in this eBook.
In the third eBook in the Road to the Texas Revolution series, you will read more about:
• Prominent leaders and participants in the battle, such as Davy Crockett, William Travis, and Santa Anna
• The myth and mystery of the de la Peña diary
• Tejanos involved in the Siege and Battle of the Alamo
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