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Tejano Epic: Essays in Honor of Félix D. Almaráz, Jr

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9780876112038
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Paperback
By
Arnoldo De León
Every now and then a scholar appears in the field of history whose outpouring of works earns them special tribute and homage. Such a person is Dr. Félix D. Almaráz Jr., of the University of Texas at San Antonio. Over the course of a career that spans more than four decades, don Félix (as he is respectfully known) has stamped his name on Texas history as an author of award-winning books and essays, as an ambassador for the profession, and as a winner of numerous awards and honors, many of them bestowed upon him by historical and learned societies abroad.

Tejano Epic is a tribute to don Félix, compiled to recognize his outstanding service on behalf of Texas history in general and the state’s Hispanic past in particular. All the contributors are well-known scholars in the field of Tejano history; all have been touched by Dr. Almaráz’s exemplary scholarship, warm friendship, and consummate professionalism. The essays have a student readership in mind, each showing the historian at work: debunking stereotypes, revising the historical record, revisiting old events through new perspectives, engaging in archival detective work, or studying neglected topics in Tejano history. They are also suitable for teachers and general readers who want to know more about contributions and influences of the Mexican-origin people in Texas.
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A Revolution Remembered: The Memoirs and Selected Correspondence of Juan N. Seguín

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9780876111857
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Paperback
By
Jesús F. de la Teja
Scion of one of San Antonio’s leading early families, Juan Nepomuceno Seguín grew up in a Texas beset by violence and destruction. During the 1820s he matured in a household that welcomed Stephen F. Austin, and like many prominent Tejanos, the young Seguín came to see Anglo-Americans as a boon to the development of his beloved homeland. With the eruption of rebellion in Texas in October 1835, he volunteered for service in the Texas army and was involved in some of the most memorable events in the War of Independence, from the siege of Bexar to the Runaway Scrape and the battle of San Jacinto.

As the most prominent Tejano military figure during the war, and an important political figure thereafter, Seguín made enemies among the newly arriving Anglo-Americans unaware of the contributions of numerous Tejanos to the Texas cause. His opposition to land-grabbers in the San Antonio area and the machinations of political enemies while serving as mayor of San Antonio forced him to seek safety in Mexico, where he was impressed into military service. Among his controversial actions during his six-year exile were involvement in Gen. Adrián Woll’s occupation of San Antonio in September 1842 and command of a Mexican cavalry company during the Mexican War.

After his return to Texas in 1848, he became involved in San Antonio politics and was a founding member of the Bexar County Democratic Party. He served as an election precinct chairman and as Wilson County judge during Reconstruction before finally retiring in 1870 to Nuevo Laredo, where two of his sons had set up residence. He died in the Mexican border town in 1890.

Jesús F. de la Teja has written the most extensive biographical study yet done on this controversial Tejano, who deserves a place among the more familiar names in the litany of the illustrious patriots of the Texas Revolution. Here is a wealth of information for serious historians but, even more, a readable and informative account for any person interested in early Texas history. This reprint edition of the out-of-print classic contains a new introduction.
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Mexican Americans in Texas History, Selected Essays

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9780876111741
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Paperback
By
Cynthia Orozco, Emilio Zamora, Rodolfo Rocha
The contributions and influences of Mexican Americans in Texas history have been many and significant. Only in recent decades, however, have historians adequately told this story. The enormous strides made in the study of Mexican-origin people in Texas are reflected in this important new book of essays.

In May 1991 the Texas State Historical Association cosponsored a conference, “Mexican Americans in Texas History,” which brought together some six hundred participants, including nearly one hundred leading scholars in the field of Mexican American Studies. In the words of the editors’ introduction, this highly successful conference “confirmed and celebrated the existence of a substantial body of literature in Mexican American history.” It showed that “Mexican American history was on its way to assuming its rightful place of importance.”

This groundbreaking volume, which contains eleven essays from that pivotal conference, corrects and amplifies the historical record. Mexican Americans in Texas History will be of great interest to students, scholars, teachers, and general readers, and it is well adapted to classroom use.

Selected essays include:

• Old Roads, New Horizons: Texas History and the New World Order, by David Montejano

• Occupied Texas: Bexar and Goliad, 1835–1836, by Paul Lack

• Mexicanos in Texas During the Civil War, by Miguel González Quiroga

• Union, Paz y Trabajo: Laredo’s Mexican Mutual Aid Societies in the 1890s, by Roberto R. Calderón

• Mutualist and Mexicanist Expressions of a Mexican Political Culture in Texas, by Emilio Zamora

• The Tejano Revolt of 1915, by Rodolfo Rocha

• Agents of Americanization: The Houston Settlement Association and the Mexican Community, 1900–1950, by María Cristina García

• Trini Gamez and the Texas Farm Workers: Toil and Trouble on the Texas Plains, by Yolanda García Romero

• Carlos E. Castañeda: The Historian and the Critics” by Félix D. Almaráz

• The Borderlands of Culture: Americo Paredes’s George Washington Gomez, by Ramón Saldívar

• Estudios Tejanos: A List of Historical Literature on Mexican Americans in Texas, by Arnoldo de Leon

• Selected Bibliography on Mexican American, Tejana, and Tejano History, by Cynthia Orozco
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José Antonio Navarro: In Search of the American Dream in Nineteenth-Century Texas

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9780876112441
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Paperback
By
David R. McDonald

The first biography to appear in more than a generation on the most influential Tejano leader of the nineteenth century, José Antonio Navarro: In Search of the American Dream in Nineteenth-Century Texas fills one of the most glaring gaps in the current historical literature on Texas. The product of a lifetime of research by author David McDonald, this volume is sure to stand as the definitive treatment of Navarro’s life for decades to come. McDonald corrects many long-standing misconceptions concerning Navarro and fleshes out the details of his life in a way no author has done before.

Born in San Antonio in 1795, José Antonio Navarro lived through a tumultuous era in Texas history that saw the transitions of Texas from a Spanish colony to a Mexican state, an independent republic, an American state, a Confederate state, and an American state once again. More than just bearing witness to these events, however, José Antonio Navarro helped shape them. He served in the legislatures of Coahuila y Texas, the Republic of Texas, and the state of Texas. He was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and a steadfast defender of the rights of all Tejanos and people of Mexican descent in Texas, ensuring at both the 1836 Consultation that created the Texas Republic and the 1845 drafting of the state constitution after annexation that political rights would not be restricted solely to those with white skin and pure European ancestry.

José Antonio Navarro has won a 2013 citation from the San Antonio Conservation Society's Publications Awards Committee.

José Antonio Navarro: In Search of the American Dream in Nineteenth-Century Texas is more than just a political biography; it is a story of the American Dream. Navarro and his family worked hard to improve their lives on the Texas frontier, starting with his father, an immigrant from the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Navarro was not only an influential politician, but a successful businessman and rancher. This pattern of improvement continued into the next generation of the family when Navarro’s son Ángel entered Harvard College to study law. José Antonio Navarro was also an early friend of Stephen F. Austin, sharing a vision of Texas with the famed empresario in which both Tejanos and Anglos could thrive. Navarro believed that Texas was a place where peoples of all colors and backgrounds should be able to realize the American Dream.

Published with the generous assistance of the Friends of Casa Navarro
Number Two in the Watson Caufield and Mary Maxwell Arnold Republic of Texas Series

 

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