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Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State Paperback – February 12, 2004
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Anyone who believes that the history of Texas is written only in tub-thumping braggadocio will quickly be set straight by this superb history of the Lone Star State. A leading historian of Texas (Sam Houston and the American Southwest, etc.), Campbell writes with authority and clarity about one of the nation's most distinctive components. His thoroughly contemporary approach sets early Texas history firmly within the checkered development of Mexico and keeps African-Americans, both slave and free, as well as native tribes at the center of his story. His coverage of such matters as the Texas Revolution, the state's 10 years as an independent republic and the cattle business are models of their kind, and surely no one has written so well while so briefly about how Texas became Southern. Because much of the book is spent on the state's lively political history, however, there may not be enough about Texas society (and certainly not about the state's complex, mixed culture) to satisfy some readers. What's best about the book and what will make it attractive beyond Texas borders is Campbell's healthy skepticism about claims that Texas is unique among the states. He's also critical where criticism is clearly warranted, such as when arraigning "the general lack of concern for civil rights that characterized the state's politics after the 1870s." Campbell shows an unusual ability to judge people in 21st-century terms without losing sight of the long-ago context of their acts. A dividend for readers is the book's unusually good maps and diagrams.
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"What we finally have in Gone to Texas, then, is a history for a diverse, mature, and self-confident people willing to take a balanced look at their own past. It's a quantum leap forward from T.R. Fehrenbach's classic Lone Star, first published in 1968 . . . "--Texas Books in Review
"A sweeping history of the outsized state and its bellweather politics.... A well written survey."--Kirkus Reviews
"The best, most comprehensive account of the Lone Star saga I know of, the place to start if you prefer Texas history to Texas mythology."--Fritz Lanham, Houston Chronicle
"The new standard history of America's most unusual state. It is a balanced account, beautifully written, with verve and wit."--William H. Goetzmann, Jack S. Blanton, Sr. Chair of History and American Studies, University of Texas at Austin
"One of the very best crafted, thoroughly researched, and masterfully presented histories in one volume ever written about this state. It establishes standards of scholarship and literary merit that will endure for years to come.... Nothing short of an historical tour de force."--Light T. Cummins, Guy M. Bryan, Jr. Professor of History, Austin College
"Authoritative, gracefully written, and fully conversant with the newest scholarship, this book will henceforth be the standard history of Texas for both academic and general readers--a significant historical and cultural achievement."--John B. Boles, William P. Hobby Professor of History, Rice University
"Eminent scholar Randolph Campbell presents a full length portrait, unsparing of blemishes and scars, that stands alone in its thoroughgoing portrayal of the Lone Star State's luminous past. Campbell's colorful pageant of the winners, sinners, heroes and highbinders who roamed the legendary landscape of that 'other country'--Texas--is a dandy, best of breed. Gone to Texas will inform and excite Texans, while inviting others to go to Texas in the pages of this book."--Kent Biffle, Texana columnist, The Dallas Morning News
"Anyone who believes that the history of Texas is written only in tub-thumping braggadocio will quickly be set straight by this superb history of the Lone Star state. A leading historian of Texas, Campbell writes with authority and clarity about one of the nation's most distinctive components. His thoroughly contemporary approach sets early Texas history firmly within the checkered development of Mexico and keeps African-Americans, both slave and free, as well as native tribes at the center of his story. His coverage of such matters as the Texas Revolution, the state's 10 years as an independent republic and the cattle business are models of their kind, and surely no one has written so well while so briefly about how Texas became Southern.... What is best about the book and will make it attractive beyond Texas borders is Campbell's healthy skepticism about claims that Texas is unique among the states."--Publishers Weekly
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"Gone to Texas" starts in prehistoric times and chronicles the social, military, political, and economic history of Texas through the early years of the twenty-first century. For the first few centuries after Europeans first explored the area, Texas was Spanish, and Campbell's description of that period is great. Other countries and peoples began to covet the area, and the book describes the Anglo settlement after Texas became Mexican--the author ably examines the Texas Revolution and some of the myths surrounding it. The book's look at Texas during the years that it was independent and during the Civil War is also especially good.
Texas began to grow especially rapidly after the Civil War, quickly becoming one of the most important states in the Union. Campbell remembers what each of the governors, some of whom were pretty colorful characters, accomplished after Reconstruction, and recalls all of the vital events of the state's history in the twentieth century, including oil booms and busts, industrialization, the development of the education system, participation in the World Wars, desegregation, continued migration of people from other parts of the country, economic diversification, and the rise of the Republican Party.
Campbell closes by offering his opinion on what makes Texas distinct from the rest of the country. The book includes excellent maps, pictures, and illustrations, and the two appendices give population information since 1850 and list the governors of Texas going back to Spanish times. "Gone to Texas" is marred only in one place by annoying political commentary about the lack of a state income tax, and is an outstanding recollection of the people and events that have made the Lone Star State what it is today.
This book is very well written and researched, with a nice balance of biography, demographics and narrative. I'd say it's probably a bit more scholarly than popular, but the writing is still easily accessible. Buy this one if you're serious about Texas history.
Particularly the 1980s. Campbell and other left-leaners can't fathom why Texas voters gave free-spending, regulation-meddling Democratic Gov. Mark White only one term. Neither he nor White got it. Don't Mess With Texans.
In some ways, the two-volume histories of the Texas Rangers LONE STAR JUSTICE (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WB9NQE/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title) and THE TEXAS RANGERS (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003H3IOT6/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title) are more accurate and certainly more fun to read. Also the memoir ONE RANGER (http://www.amazon.com/One-Ranger-Memoir-Bridwell-History/dp/0292716389/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1352744935&sr=1-1).
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