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Lone Star Pasts: Memory and History in Texas (Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest) Hardcover – December 1, 2006
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This book ponders the question of how we know what we know. In doing so, the contributors attempt to make sense of the historical process, as well as the difference between what we believe and what we chose to believe. The text is very entertaining to read and requires little to no previous knowledge of the subject for the reader to appreciate the arguments made in the book. Each author makes use of ample primary and secondary sources, with each chapter followed by several pages of notes and references related to the preceding text, which is convenient considering the length of the book and the variety of historical perspectives found within the manuscript.
The contributors to Loan Star Past build their arguments around concepts and events familiar to all Texans. Therefore, the books contribution is twofold: it adds yet another voice to an often-overlooked aspect of Texas history, and it does so in a manner that is well within the grasp of the non-academic. Thus, in spite its academic pedigree, this book lacks much of the pretense commonly found in this type of work. Clearly, the authors intended this book to reach a broad audience. Nevertheless, Lone Star Past is a fine piece of historical literature on the subject of collective memory in Texas.