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At Home in Texas: Early Views of the Land Hardcover – May, 1987
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"Our ability to know the world in an unconscious or taken-for-granted sense is the heart of the experience of being at home. It is that feeling of being familiar and comfortable in a place or situation. The passage of time is necessary or the experience of place. The individual develops a feeling of ease by repeated interactions with his or her world...." Imagination and perception are important to understanding human attachment to the land. We should recognize the role of attitudes and values in shaping the American landscape. This is the often-stated, enormous theme of Doughty's book. I feel that the author did not really come close to proving or establishing anything that resembles this. We do not find "how settlers developed their view of Texas as home" in a volume of 145 pages. The book cannot focus on the topic because he bit off more than he could chew, if I may express myself so boldly. We read descriptions by people at many moments in Texas history, but few show how those people changed over time.Read more ›