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.
Table of Contents
Part I: TEXAS UNDEFINED.
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.
Part II: DEFINING TEXAS.
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.
Part III: TEXAS DEFINED.
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.