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Paper Republic: The Struggle for Money, Credit and Independence in the Republic of Texas Hardcover – February 1, 2010
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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
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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.Read more ›
"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.
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.Read more ›
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Jim is a friend of mine, he is a very bright fellow and a great speaker. I also have one of my coins featured in the book (Jola) and I am a lifelong numismatist and Texan. Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Chief Nerd