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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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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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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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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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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