Texas, an Illustrated History

Texas, an Illustrated History

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In 9200 B.C. the first humans migrated into the Texas Panhandle. What followed--exploration and settlement by the Spaniards, Mexican rule, the years as an independent republic, statehood, secession, and the Civil War--and what is still unfolding today are fascinating stories. Distinguished Texas historian David G. McComb has gathered anecdotes, tall tales, and little-known facts to bring to life the drama, humor, and far-reaching consequences of Texas history. He writes of the Native Americans in Texas, of the armadillo (a whimsical folk symbol but not, as most suppose, the official state animal), the Alamo, barbed wire, longhorn cattle, the Texas Rangers, and the supreme importance of football to the average Texan. He profiles such Texans as Jim Bowie, Audie Murphy, Van Cliburn, Willie Nelson, Barbara Jordan, Michael DeBakey, and many others who have left a mark not only on Texas but on the world. The long and complex history of Texas falls into place in an entertaining text, brimming with facts and filled with fascinating photographs and illustrations from the past and present.show more

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  • Hardback | 142 pages
  • 211.07 x 285.75 x 17.27mm | 807.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • illustrations (some colour), maps (some colour)
  • 0195092473
  • 9780195092479

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"Tracing the colorful history of the nation's second largest state, McComb begins with the earliest inhabitants, the Paleo-Indians, and continues through to Ross Perot and other prominent Texans. McComb's scholarly credentials are impeccable, and his discussion is thorough and balanced.... Quotations, anecdotes, and a lively writing style make this entertaining as well as informative. This title will be one to point out to adults as well as to older children."--Booklist"A history of Texas from its prehistoric beginnings to the present, combining anecdotes, generalizations, and personality portraits in a pleasing narrative style.... This book will be especially useful to seventh-grade Texas history teachers complying with the new essential elements for that course, but fourth-grade students, high school students, and interested adults will also find much of value in the book. It should definitely be purchased by all school and public libraries."--Southwestern Historical Quarterlyshow more