Inventing Texas: Early Historians of the Lone Star State (Volume 96)


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Hardcover. Volume 96 in the Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University.

Published by Texas A&M University Press. 2004. By Laura Lyons McLemore.

Bluebonnets and tumbleweeds, gunslingers and cattle barons all form part of the romanticized lore of the state of Texas. It has an image as a larger-than-life land of opportunity, represented by oil derricks pumping black gold from arid land and cattle grazing seemingly endless plains. In this historiography of eighteenth– and nineteenth–century chronologies of the state, Laura McLemore traces the roots of the enduring Texas myths and tries to understand both the purposes and the methods of early historians.

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