Texan Identities: Moving beyond Myth, Memory, and Fallacy in Texas History

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Light Townsend Cummins, Mary L. Scheer
University of North Texas Press, Sep 15, 2016 - History - 288 pages
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Texan Identities rests on the assumption that Texas has distinctive identities that define “what it means to be Texan,” and that these identities flow from myth and memory. Each contributor to this volume provides in some fashion an answer to the following questions: What does it mean to be Texan? What constitutes a Texas identity and how may such change over time? What myths, memories, and fallacies contribute to making a Texas identity, and how have these changed for Texas? Are all the myths and memories that define Texas identity true or are some of them fallacious? Is there more than one Texas identity?  Many Texans do believe the story of their state’s development manifesting singular, unique attributes, which are prone to expression as stereotypical, iconic representations of what it means to be Texan. Each of the essays in this volume addresses particular events, places, and people in Texas history and how they are related to Texas identity, myth, and memory. The discussion begins with the idealized narrative and icons revolving around the Texas Revolution, most especially the Alamo. The Texas Rangers in myth and memory are also explored. Other essays expand on traditional and increasingly outdated interpretations of the Anglo-American myth of Texas by considering little known roles played by women, racial minorities, and specific stereotypes such as the cattleman.
 

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Contents

Texan Identities by Light Townsend Cummins and Mary L Scheer
1
Line in the Sand Lines on the Soul by Stephen L Hardin
29
Unequal Citizens by Mary L Scheer
61
The Texas Rangers in Myth and Memory By Jody Edward Ginn
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On Becoming Texans by Kay Goldman
121
Ethel Tunstall Drought by Light Townsend Cummins
155
W W Jones of South Texas by Patrick Cox
185
Delgado v Bastrop by Gene B Preuss
217
Contributors
251
Index
255
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Light Townsend Cummins is the Guy M. Bryan, Jr. Professor of History at Austin College and the author of Emily Austin of Texas, Spanish Observers and the American Revolution, and co-editor of Discovering Texas History. Mary L. Scheer is Professor and Chair of History at Lamar University and author of The Foundations of Texan Philanthropy, co-editor of Twentieth-Century Texas, and editor of Women and the Texas Revolution.

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