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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 text 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.