African Americans in South Texas History

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Bruce A. Glasrud
Texas A&M University Press, 2010 - History - 353 pages

The history of South Texas is more racially and ethnically complex than many people realize. As a border area, South Texas has experienced some especially interesting forms of racial and ethnic intersection, influenced by the relatively small number of blacks (especially in certain counties), the function and importance of the South Texas cattle trade, proximity to Mexico, and the history of anti-black violence. The essays in African Americans in South Texas History give insight into this fascinating history.
The articles in this volume, written over a span of almost three decades, were chosen for their readability, scholarship, and general interest.
Contributors:
Jennifer Borrer
Edward Byerly
Judith Kaaz Doyle
Rob Fink
Robert A. Goldberg
Kenneth Wayne Howell
Larry P. Knight
Rebecca A. Kosary
David Louzon
Sarah R. Massey
Jeanette Nyda Mendelssohn Passty
Janice L. Sumler-Edmond
Cary D. Wintz
Rue Wood

" . . . a valuable addition to the literature chronicling the black experience in the land of the Lone Star. While previous studies have concentrated on regions most reflective of Dixie origins, this collection examines the tri-ethnic area of Texas adjoining Mexico wherein cotton was scarce and cattle plentiful. Glasrud has assembled an excellent group of essays from which readers will learn much."-L. Patrick Hughes, professor of history, Austin Community College

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Defending the Unnecessary
29
Just Southwest of Dixie
46
Wantonly Maltreated and SlainSimply Because They Are Free
65
After Emancipation
85
The Forging of the African AmericanCommunity in Corpus Christi Texas18651900
99
Lola and Leon Houck versus theSouthern Pacific Railway Company
133
The Colored Trainmen of America
151
The Houston Eagles andthe End of the Negro Leagues
242
Corpus Christis Galvan Ballroom
257
Racial Change on the Southern Periphery
280
A Pearl of Great Price
313
Blacks in South Texas
329
Contributors
335
Permissions
339
Index
341

Divided We Stand
177
Maury Maverick and Racial Politicsin San Antonio Texas 19381941
206

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BRUCE A. GLASRUD is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, East Bay, and retired dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Sul Ross State University. He has authored or coauthored nine books, including Black Women in Texas History and Blacks and East Texas History, both published by Texas A&M University Press. He lives in Seguin, Texas.

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