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Arnoldo De León is C. J. “Red” Davidson Professor of History at Angelo State University, Texas. He is the author of several works on Texas and Mexican American history, among them The Tejano Community:1836-1900 (1982, 1997); Mexican Americans in Texas: A Brief History (1993, 1999, 2009); Racial Frontiers: Africans, Chinese, and Mexicans in Western America, 1848-1890 (2002); and editor of War Along the Border: The Mexican Revolution and Tejano Communities (2012); and co-author of North to Aztlán: A History of Mexican Americans in the United States (2006). His numerous awards and distinctions include selection as Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and membership in the Texas Institute of Letters. He was the recipient, in 2013, of the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies’ Premio Estrella de Aztlán Lifetime Achievement Award.
Gregg Cantrell is the Erma and Ralph Lowe Chair in Texas History at Texas Christian University. He is the author or editor of numerous works on Texas history, including Lone Star Pasts: Memory and History in Texas (2007), Stephen F. Austin, Empresario of Texas (1999), and Feeding the Wolf: John B. Rayner and the Politics of Race (2001). He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association, of which he served as President, 2013-2014.
List of Maps vi
Preface and Acknowledgments vii
Chapter 1 Contact of Civilizations, 1521–1721 1
Chapter 2 Spaniards in a Far Northern Frontera, 1721–1821 27
Chapter 3 Mexican Texas, 1821–1836 54
Chapter 4 Launching a Nation, 1836–1848 83
Chapter 5 Statehood, Secession, and Civil War, 1848–1865 111
Chapter 6 The Era of Reconstruction, 1865–1876 142
Chapter 7 A Frontier Society in Transition, 1876–1886 181
Chapter 8 Texas in the Age of Agrarian Discontent, 1886–1900 213
Chapter 9 Texas in the Progressive Era, 1900–1929 237
Chapter 10 Texas and the Great Depression, 1929–1941 289
Chapter 11 War, Prosperity, and Modernization, 1941–1960 328
Chapter 12 Texas in Transition, 1960–1986 375
Chapter 13 A New Texas? 1986–2001 406
Chapter 14 Into the New Millennium, 2001–2012 439