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Foreword by Robert L. Moody Sr.

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pp. vii-xi

In many families, anecdotes, legends, tall tales, and stories are passed from generation to generation. Grandparents relate tales of their child-hood to sleepy grandchildren at bedtime; aunts and uncles tell funny family stories around a holiday table; cousins whisper secrets as they play together. Sometimes this information is “documented” with letters...

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The Moody Family

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pp. 1-65

IN THE ROSTER OF AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURS, there are few families whose talent for empire building exceeds that of the Moodys of Galveston. During the era between the Civil War and World War I, when many of the great American fortunes were being made, the Moodys quietly constructed a financial empire that endures to this day. They began by trading in cotton, edged into banking by extending credit to cotton growers, and then, in the early years of the twentieth century...

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The Moody Mansion

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pp. 66-90

"Well, Lib, we may live and die in a palace yet.” With those words, W. L. Moody Jr. announced to his wife that he was finishing up his negotiations, by letter and telegram, with Mrs. Olive Walthew in New York to purchase the thirty-one-room mansion...

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Epilogue by E. Douglas McLeod

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pp. 91-96

Galveston Island stood still the week Mary Moody Northen died on August 25, 1986. A family who had had a significant impact on the city and state for more than a century was in transition, and no one knew what to expect. Wall Street shuddered. The value of American National Insurance Company stock rose by more than 25 percent in less than a week, a huge ...

Notes

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pp. 97-100

Bibliography

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pp. 101-102

Index

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pp. 103-108

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About the Author

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pp. 109-109

Henry Wiencek is the author of numerous books, including The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White, which won the National Book Critics’ Circle Award in Biography in 1999, and An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History...