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This Corner of Canaan
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Randolph B. “Mike” Campbell has spent the better part of the last five decades helping Texans rediscover their history, producing a stream of definitive works on the social, political, and economic structures of the Texas past. Through meticulous research and terrific prose, Campbell’s collective work has fundamentally remade how historians understand Texan identity and the state’s southern heritage, as well as our understanding of such contentious issues as slavery, westward expansion, and Reconstruction. Campbell’s pioneering work in local and county records has defined the model for grassroots research and community studies in the field. More than any other scholar, Campbell has shaped our modern understanding of Texas. In this collection of seventeen original essays, Campbell’s colleagues, friends, and students offer a capacious examination of Texas’s history—ranging from the Spanish era through the 1960s War on Poverty—to honor Campbell’s deep influence on the field. Focusing on themes and methods that Campbell pioneered, the essays debate Texas identity, the creation of nineteenth-century Texas, the legacies of the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the remaking of the Lone Star State during the twentieth century. Featuring some of the most well-known names in the field—as well as rising stars—the volume offers the latest scholarship on major issues in Texas history, and the enduring influence of the most eminent Texas historian of the last half century.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Quote
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. viii-9
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  1. Editors’ Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Teacher, Mentor, Friend: A Reflection
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Part I: Texas Identity
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Chapter 1. Texas Identity: Alternatives to the Terrible Triplets
  2. pp. 3-36
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  1. Chapter 2. History, Memory, and Rebranding Texas as Western for the 1936 Centennial
  2. pp. 37-58
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  1. Part II: Texas Before the Civil War
  2. pp. 59-60
  1. Chapter 3. José Antonio Pichardo and the Limits of Spanish Texas, 1803–1821
  2. pp. 61-82
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  1. Chapter 4. Sam Houston, Indian Agent
  2. pp. 83-106
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  1. Chapter 5. Stephen F. Austin’s Views on Slavery in Early Texas
  2. pp. 107-128
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  1. Part III: Texas in Civil War and Reconstruction
  2. pp. 129-130
  1. Chapter 6. Landholding in Brazos County, Texas: Frontier, War, and Reconstruction
  2. pp. 131-156
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  1. Chapter 7. Soldiering on the Texas Coast and the Problem of Confederate Nationalism
  2. pp. 157-184
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  1. Chapter 8. North Texans and Civil War Amnesty: Helpless Instruments in the Hands of Rebellion?
  2. pp. 185-202
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  1. Chapter 9. Texas Reconstruction in Popular Memory: What Really Happened in Hill County in 1871
  2. pp. 203-226
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  1. Part IV: Texas and the New South
  2. pp. 227-228
  1. Chapter 10. The Roots of Southern Progressivism: Texas Populists and the Rise of a Reform Coalition in Milam County
  2. pp. 229-264
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  1. Chapter 11. African-American Housing and Health Patterns in Southwestern Cities, 1865–1900
  2. pp. 265-292
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  1. Chapter 12. Populism and the Poll Tax in Cooke County, Texas
  2. pp. 293-308
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  1. Part V: Texas and the Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 309-310
  1. Chapter 13. Investing in Urban: The Woman’s Monday Club and the Entrepreneurial Elite of Corpus Christi, Texas
  2. pp. 311-334
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  1. Chapter 14. Denton County, Texas, and the Draft During the First World War
  2. pp. 335-360
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  1. Chapter 15. “Gente Decente”: Tejanos Jovita González and Edmundo E. Mireles
  2. pp. 361-384
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  1. Chapter 16. National Ideal Meets Local Reality: The Grassroots War on Poverty in Houston
  2. pp. 385-402
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  1. Contributors’ Biographies
  2. pp. 403-406
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 407-423
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