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"A handsomely designed and illustrated history of Texas . . . Bevill strikes a nice balance between the esoterica that only a numismatist such as himself could love and the more general information a casual reader desires."  —Austin American Statesman



"It's a remarkable feat, utilizing years of study in acquiring his own collection, as well as enlisting the help of some of the most knowledgeable people in that field. This book will have a permanent place with my Texana collection."  —thefacts.com, Brazoria County News



"If you only read one Texas history book this year, get The Paper Republic and read it cover to cover. I promise that you will learn things about the history of Texas that you have never read before."  —www.texas-page.blogspot.com


"Lushly illustrated."  —American History Magazine

About the Author

James P. Bevill is a wealth management advisor, a former president of the Bellaire Coin Club, a former vice president of the Texas Numismatic Association, and an honorary member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas.
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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bright Sky Press (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933979259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933979250
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 11 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Paper Republic: The Struggle for Money, Credit and Independence in the Republic of Texas
By James P. Bevill
Bright Sky Press

An old reporting adage says that to find the heart of the story, follow the money. James Bevill does just that in a fascinating look at how money - and the lack of it - both shaped and haunted the emergence of Texas as a new nation in 1836.

The history of the Lone Star State is most often told in terms of stirring tales of heroic battles for independence from Mexico. We remember the Alamo. As well as the tragedy of Goliad and the triumph of San Jacinto where a small Texian army defeated Santa Ana's forces. What is often left out of the history books, however, is that revolutions are easy. Creation of a workable government is hard. And expensive. The Paper Republic gives us account after account of just how difficult and expensive it was.

The Paper Republic is an eminently good read to discover a Texas you didn't know about. This is not a history only accountants and bankers will love. Nor is it solely for the numismatists among us, though they will savor the full-color reproductions of rare Texas currency. Bevill is familiar with both camps. A career financial services specialists in Houston, Bevill is also the past president of the Texas Numismatic Association. But he is also a historian fascinated with the rich fabric of the Texas story.

Virtually every step of that journey from revolution to statehood can be told through the various coins, printed notes and bills issued in Texas, Bevill tells us. This is not the usual view of Texas history, but one that takes us along some wonderful back roads that enriches our understanding of how Texas came to be.
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With a great deal of excitement I was able to go to Amazon.com in order to acquire a copy of this wonderful new book. The Paper Republic deals in specific with the fiscal history of our great Texas. There is much to be found related in a general way to the formative years of Texas. In this labor of love Jim Bevill tells the story of the Republic of Texas, and of the years before and after, in a way never done before. Not only does he focus upon detail and information, some of which is fairly familiar, but he also is not afraid to present his own thoughts on new data resulting from his exhaustive research. The book is, please pardon the cliche, a "good read." I never found myself getting even the least bit bogged down by detail. A further point of enhancement is the use of oversized, vividly colored, photographs and plates. Simply put I recommend this book to the hardy researcher as well as to the casual reader. There is a mountain of information to be learned and at the same time much to entertain and enjoy. Congratulations to Jim Bevill for a job well done.
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"THE PAPER REPUBLIC is first and foremost a visual feast. Jim Bevill has brought together countless high-quality images of original documents from private collections as well as government and university archives -- many of them never seen before by the public. Moreover, he has richly illustrated his fascinating story of the economic struggle in the Texas Republic with hundreds of photographs and engravings rarely seen today. These provide the historical backdrop to the incredibly complex financial history of a genuinely fragile republic that floated paper obligations for a decade on little more than faith, credit, and the heroic exertions of its officers and people."

"Everyone who reads this book will learn much from it, whether they be seasoned collectors, historical scholars, or fascinated readers from the general public. One of the book's most interesting and hitherto least-appreciated revelations is that of the intertwined monetary histories of Hispanic and Anglo America, manifested in coins and currency by such familiar icons as the dollar sign and the lone star emblem of Texas. There are surprises on almost every page -- from gleaming images of the recently unearthed Mexican silver stash dropped by Santa Anna's soldiers at San Jacinto, to the amazing fact that the debts of the Texas Republic were not settled until the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. This is a book to savor. It will be a valuable resource for generations to come."

Dr. James E. Crisp, Department of History, North Carolina State University, and author of SLEUTHING THE ALAMO: DAVY CROCKETT'S LAST STAND AND OTHER MYSTERIES OF THE TEXAS REVOLUTION.
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James P. Bevill had let it be known several years ago that he was working on a book about the money and finances of the Republic of Texas; and frankly, I was not sure what to expect. Having seen a number of catalogues geared towards paper money collectors, I was not prepared for the groundbreaking scope of Bevill's finished book, "The Paper Republic - The Struggle for Money, Credit and Independence in the Republic of Texas."

Almost everyone who has read "The Paper Republic" has been completely awestruck by what James Bevill has accomplished. What he has done is nothing short of extraordinary. In an era of endless hashing and rehashing of secondary sources by revisionist historians, Bevill went out and dug into a mountain of private Texana collections locked up in dozens of safe deposit boxes across the state - primary sources of new information. Working with other collectors to tell the previously untold story of Texas money, he discovered documents that no one had ever looked at before by looking where no one had thought to look before. What makes this tour de force all the more amazing is that Bevill is not a historian by vocation.

Bevill is a wealth management advisor at UBS in Houston. He is also a numismatist who got interested in collecting Republic of Texas currency as a hobby. Later, he decided to learn everything he could about the Republic of Texas currency that he was collecting but initially found only a vacuum of information on the subject. While trying to learn more about the money of the Republic of Texas, he meticulously researched the Texas Treasury Papers - transcripts of original correspondence from the treasury of the Republic, and compared these letters to the original monetary instruments which were imaged from numerous private collections.
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