Texas: Crossroads of North America, 2nd Edition

  • Jesús F. de la Teja Texas State University, San Marcos
  • Ron Tyler University of Texas at Austin
  • Nancy Beck Young University of Houston
  • ISBN-10: 1133947387  |  ISBN-13: 9781133947387
  • 576 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2004
  • © 2016 | Published
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TEXAS: CROSSROADS OF NORTH AMERICA, 2nd Edition, chronicles the development of the political, economic, and social identity of Texas by presenting the unique insights of three authors and incorporating the latest scholarship. The thematically arranged book covers the full scope of Spanish exploration and colonization efforts, as well as the transformation of the Texas economy and society in the 20th century. The first theme, “Texas as place,” presents the state as a crossroads of geographies and cultures, while the second theme, “Texas as opportunity,” features the progression of visitors, immigrants, and Native Texans as they learn to make use of the region's resources. The third theme, “Texas as 'cultural centrifuge,'“ focuses on the convergence, separation, and emergence of various cultural groups in the state.

Features and Benefits

  • The book interweaves the narratives of the many different peoples who have settled in, fought over, fought for, and helped develop Texas. This includes strong coverage of Texas history from the perspectives of the Spanish, Tejano, and Hispanic populations; Native Americans; and white European settlers and American migrants.
  • Thought questions at the beginning of each chapter underscore the central themes of Texas history and provide a framework for students to develop a deeper understanding of the history of their state.
  • An opening vignette personalizes the history.
  • A timeline in the chapter opener introduces students to the major events to be discussed.
  • A test bank is available on the instructor companion website. Each chapter includes 25 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer identifications, and 3 discussion prompts.

Table of Contents

1. First Texans, First Encounters: Prehistory to 1554.
2. New Spain's Northeastern Frontier to 1767.
3. New Opportunities, New Rivalries, 1767—1800.
4. New Neighbors, New Challenges, 1800—1821.
5. Mexican Texas, 1821—1835.
6. Revolution, 1835—1836.
7. Texas Independent, 1836—1845.
8. Statehood and Civil War, 1845—1865.
9. Reconstruction, 1865—1874.
10. Creating an Infrastructure, 1876—1898.
11. A Contradictory Movement: Texas Progressivism, 1900—1929.
12. Depression and War, 1929—1945.
13. A Confluence of Anxieties: Texas from 1946—1960.
14. The Conundrum of Lyndon Johnson's Texas, 1960—1978.
15. Recognizing Old and New Realties.

What's New

  • Three thought questions at the beginning of each chapter focus students' attention on the major trends that they should follow as they read the chapter.
  • This edition presents greater emphasis on Tejano and Hispanic history; in-depth coverage of Native Americans in Texas prehistory and history; and a more comprehensive coverage of the Republic, early statehood, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.
  • The updated Chapter 15, “Recognizing Old and New Realties,” offers a look at the Texas economic, political, and social landscape today and going forward.
  • Scholarship has been updated throughout the book.
  • A new design with clear subheads as well as improved photos and maps enables students to navigate the text more easily, and draws the eye to the thought questions and timeline that help them see “the big picture” of each chapter.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jesús F. de la Teja

Jesús F. de la Teja is Jerome and Catherine Supple Professor of Southwestern Studies, Director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest, and Regents' Professor of History at Texas State University. A past president of the Texas State Historical Association, he was also the inaugural State Historian of Texas. He is the award-winning author and editor of numerous works on Spanish, Mexican, and Republic-era Texas.

Ron Tyler

Ron Tyler is the retired director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. He also served as Professor of History and Director of the Center for Studies in Texas History and the Texas State Historical Association at The University of Texas at Austin. He has written or edited more than twenty books in the fields of Texas history and American, Western American, and Mexican art and history.

Nancy Beck Young

Nancy Beck Young is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Houston. She has held year-long residential fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. Young's scholarship mixes general evaluations of national politics with specific studies of Texans on the national stage.