Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

CONTENTS

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pp. v-vi

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1. EMBATTLED CAPITAL AND FRONTIER TOWN

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pp. 1-10

...France and several well-armed escorts set out on horseback from Houston for the frontier village of Austin. For five days they struggled along roads made nearly impassable by the rain. One of Saligny's horses died of exhaustion, and another drowned while crossing the Brazos River. On the third...

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2. CONFEDERATE COMMUNITY

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pp. 11-18

..."flag to the breeze," paraded down Congress Avenue and headed east across the Texas prairie for Virginia-the first company of volunteers from Austin and Travis County to join the fight against the Yankees. Not until September 12, almost two months later, did they reach the Confederate capital at Richmond, their journey marked by a 100-mile trek to the nearest...

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3. THE QUEST FOR "PERMANENT PROSPERITY"

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pp. 19-28

...The commissioners who selected the site for Austin in 1839 envisioned not just a political city but an "emporium": an entrepOt for the rich agricultural lands of the Colorado and Brazos River valleys and a hub of two great trading routes extending across Texas, one running east-west from Santa Fe to Texas's seaports and another north-south from the Red...

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4. LAST DAYS OF THE FRONTIER TOWN

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pp. 29-34

...number of people carrying deadly weapons and the "promiscuous firing of guns and pistols" occurring almost nightly, decided it was high time to outlaw the discharge of firearms in the city. And so Austin took another step away from its frontier origins. Yet the capital city retained a frontier flavor into the 1890s. Cowboys were familiar figures, and horses tied...

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5.THE DIVIDED COMMUNITY

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pp. 35-46

...ward organized an "Anti-Colored Movement" to prevent the reelection of Albert Carrington, the black city council member elected to represent the biracial ward two years earlier. A week later the fourth African American to sit on the city council since the Civil War lost his seat-and became the last black council member for eighty-six years...

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6. RESIDENTIAL MECCA AND HIGH-TECH HOT SPOT

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pp. 47-61

...commercial center," Superintendent of Schools Arthur McCallum readily admitted when welcoming visiting groups to the "Athens of the Southwest" during the 1920s and 1930s. "Here in Austin our faith is not altogether in material things. We believe that intelligence is better than industries." A journalist...

NOTES

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pp. 62-69

INDEX

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pp. 70-74

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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pp. 75-78

...Historical Association. A graduate of Princeton, Harvard, and Northwestern Universities, he lived in Austin for sixteen years while serving as senior archivist at the LSJ Presidential Library. Currently a historian with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, he also taught American History at Carnegie-Mellon University for eleven years. In addition to...