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Black Texans: A History of African Americans in Texas, 1528-1995 [Paperback]

by Dr. Alwyn Barr Ph.D
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September 15, 1996 080612878X 978-0806128788 Second Edition

African American have lived in Texas for more than four hundred years—longer than in any other region of the United States. Beginning with the arrival of the first African American in 1528, Alwyn Barr, in Black Texans, examines the African American experience in Texas during the periods of exploration and colonization, slavery, Reconstruction, the struggle to retain the freedoms gained, the twentieth-century urban experience, and the modern civil rights movement. Barr discusses each period of African-American history in terms of politics, violence, and legal status; labor and economic status; education; and social life.

Black Texans includes the history of the buffalo soldiers and the cowboys on Texas cattle drives, along with the achievements of notable African-American individuals in Texas history, from the Estevan the explorer through legislator Norris Wright Cuney and boxer Jack Johnson to state senator Barbara Jordan. Barr carries the story up to the present day in this second edition, which includes a new preface a new chapter on the years 1970-95, and a revised index.


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Black Texans is the history of African Americans in Texas from 1528 to 1995. those dates mean that Blacks have lived in Texas for more than 400 years - longer than in any other region of the United States. Black Texans examines the periods of exploration and colonization, slavery, Reconstruction, the struggle to retain the freedoms gained, the 20th century urban experience, and the modern civil rights movement. Alwyn Bar covers each of these periods in terms of their politics, violence, and legal status; labor and economic status; education; and social life. Black Texans includes the history of the buffalo soldiers and the cowboys on Texas cattle drives, along with the achievements of notable African-American individuals in Texas history from Estevan the explorer through state senator Barbara Jordan. Black Texans is a "must" for all Black Studies and Western American History collections. -- Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Alwyn Barr is Professor of History at Texas Tech University and the author of Reconstruction to Reform: Texas Politic, 1876-1906 and Texas in Revolt: The Battle for San Antonio, 1835.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; Second Edition edition (September 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080612878X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806128788
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Texas History July 19, 2000
By Dan
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This is a book that should be in the School History curriculum. Me being a white american. I was not exposed to the history of black americans. But the author refers to themselves as African Americans. But I really feel the term should be Americans (Americans with African decents) I was never aware of the history until now, other than media history. Which I feel that if America is going to get past this racial war, than the history needs to be brought forth. This book is a wonderful experience into the trials and tribulations that were experienced by the slaves of yesteryear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting History March 3, 2000
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I really enjoyed reading Black Texans! It gave me, an African American living in Texas, a lot of in depth history and insight to the journey of the black person, especially in Texas. It is not biased and is not written in a negative tone. The book does not even portray other races in negative light. It simply tells the facts as they are. I recommend this to book to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Precise May 31, 2013
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A great overview of Blacks in Texas. A great supplement to a textbook study and historical overview. I do wish the book was longer.
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