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Sam Houston and the American Southwest, 3rd Edition (Library of American Biography) 3rd Edition
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The book covers everything from Sam Houston's beginnings, to his forrays as a military man and finally to his exploits as a political leader. He impacted Texas more than any other person, and was a leading voice in both the War against Mexico and the Civil War. To characterize his impact on Texas, one would only have to look at the political atmosphere of Texas in their early Republic days. Texas was a two party state, those who were Houston supporters and those who were anti-Houston.
I loved learning about Sam Houston's command during Texas's fight for independence, his thoughts on the Civil War (always a Union man, something unusual for a southerner), and the love he had for his wife (his last words will emphasize this). He was the first President of the Republic of Texas, served as a senator after the state was annexed, and is the only man to serve as governor in two states (Texas and Tennessee). I would have never known three fourths of this information if it wasn't for Randolph B. Campbell's Sam Houston and the American Southwest. I highly recommend this read, for literature lovers and history buffs and all those in between. Everyone enjoy!
Growing up in Texas, I was, of course, exposed to some basic facts about Houston’s personal history and his achievements, and these were delivered with an obviously hagiographical slant. I enjoyed this biography because it went beyond the mere outline of history to which I’d previously been exposed and really filled in some of the gaps that have existed in my knowledge of Houston and of Texas’s founding. Also, I was pleased that, even though Campbell clearly admires Houston, his Houston is no mythic Texas legend but is a real person, grounded in reality.
I guess the main pleasure of the book is that Houston does stand out for being a remarkable person. The book could have been subtitled “The Sane Texan.” Over and over--as Houston has to keep Texan hotheads from invading Mexico, has to hold off politicians from executing Santa Anna (and thereby eliminating their one bit of leverage), has to try to protect Indian interests from the settlers who would always ignore them, has to try to keep the United States and Texas out of the Civil War--Houston comes across as being a person of rare honesty, modesty, foresightedness, and integrity. The other leaders of early Texas, certainly, come across in this book as mean-spirited and bumbling fools compared to Houston.
The limitation of this biography is certainly its narrow scope.Read more ›
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