Sketches from the Five States of Texas

Sketches from the Five States of Texas

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When veteran columnist A. C. Greene turns his eyes on Texas, he sees a variety of experiences and a scope of history that fascinate the rest of us. Under its annexation terms, Texas is allowed to divide itself into as many as six states. While that is not ever likely to happen, Greene masterfully shows that several cultural states do exist within the one political entity of Texasa€”and have throughout the statea€™s history. Greene has a wide-ranging curiosity about the a€œfactsa€ of Texas history: what lies behind them, what quirks of human nature they reveal, how the people who lived them might have experienced them, roads not taken, and why things have come to be as they are. His historical writing has helped make Texasa€™ past accessible and even interesting to the public for over forty years. Spotlighting individuals, places, and events that make for distinctiveness, Sketches from the Five States of Texas features oddities and little-known facts that present a kind of a€œhistory-within-history.a€ Several sketches look at inventions or innovations, such as plows and Other pieces focus on historic moments: the first long distance telephone service; the last messenger from the Alamo. Transportation is a theme that runs through this book: trains, planes (including a box-kite contraption), early automobiles and roads, and steamboats, ice boats, and war boats. Place names get attention, too: peculiar names, unexpected sources, and long-lost places. Naturally, the wars of Texas are also covered: the Revolution, the Indian wars, the Civil War, and the Texas Navies. The pieces in this collection originated, for the most part, in Greenea€™s popular Dallas Morning News columns; several sketches and all the regional introductions are completely new. Aficionados of Texas history will already know some of what they read here, but they will not know all of it. Greenea€™s nuggets of history will inform and entertain a wide reading public. They represent A. C. Greene at his best and most engaginga€”and the states of Texas at their best, too.For years Arlington Downs was preserved but used only for an occasional auto race. ... A reminder of the 1930s experiment is a remaining name: Arlington Downs Road. THE DALLAS FORD PLANT In 1909, the Ford Motor Company opened a two-man service center in Dallas to take ... Toward the end of the 1930s, the Dallas plant began putting oval stickers in the rear windows of the cars coming off theanbsp;...

Title:Sketches from the Five States of Texas
Author:A. C. Greene
Publisher:Texas A&M University Press - 1998


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