Lone Stars And State Gazettes

Lone Stars And State Gazettes : Texas Newspapers Before the Civil War

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Uncommon men spread the uncommon news of Texas. From the time a press first reached Texas in 1813 until the Civil War, some four hundred newspapers appeared to chronicle the development of a nation, then a state. Most were propaganda or special-purpose sheets that allowed their owners to support or oppose the day's leading figures-including Mirabeau B. Lamar and Sam Houston-or causes-the Texan Revolution, annexation, Know-Nothingism, secession. A few papers brought the higher standards of journalism to Texas and preserve, through their reports and comments, much of the history they also influenced. Gail Borden, founder of the milk company, reported on the war and independence. Adolph Douai, a German immigrant, editorialized against slavery and had to flee the state. Legs Lewis, a swashbuckling printer, helped found the King Ranch. A single editor precipitated the formal organization of the Democratic party in Texas. An annotated checklist of Texas papers from annexation to the Civil War makes this an invaluable reference work for scholars, while the drama of the subject and the lively style make it an enthralling tale for not only Texas journalists but also all those interested in Texas history.
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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 154.4 x 230.4 x 27.2mm | 703.08g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 1585440221
  • 9781585440221

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"Never before has any scholar attempted to catalogue and summarize the early development of journalism in the Lone Star State. Now Professor Marilyn McAdams Sibley has done it in a splendid fashion. . . . It is an excellent reference work and should be on the bookshelf of anyone interested in Texas history."--Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr
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About Marilyn McAdams Sibley

MARILYN McADAMS SIBLEY, chairman of the Department of History at Houston Baptist University, earned the Ph.D. from Rice University. A fellow and past president of the Texas State Historical Association, she has received the Piper Award for excellence in teaching. Sibley has written or edited a number of books on Texas history, including Max Krueger's Second Fatherland (Texas A&M University Press, 1976), which she edited.
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