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Does Texas’s experience as a republic make it unique among the other states? In many ways, Texas was an “accidental republic” for nearly ten years, until Texans voted overwhelmingly in favor of annexation to the United States after winning independence from Mexico. Single Star of the West chronicles Texas’s efforts to maneuver through the pitfalls and hardships of creating and maintaining the “accidental republic.” The volume begins with the Texas Revolution and examines whether or not a true Texas identity emerged during the Republic era. Next, several contributors discuss how the Republic was defended by its army, navy, and the Texas Rangers. Individual chapters focus on the early founders of Texas—Sam Houston, Mirabeau B. Lamar, and Anson Jones—who were all exceptional men, but like all men, suffered from their own share of fears and faults. Texas’s efforts at diplomacy, and persistence and transformation in its economy, also receive careful analysis. Finally, social and cultural aspects of the Texas Republic receive coverage, with discussions of women, American Indians, African Americans, Tejanos, and religion. The contributors also focus on the extent that conditions in the republic attracted political and economic opportunists, some of whom achieved a remarkable degree of success. Single Star of the West also highlights how the Texas Republic was established on American political ideology. With the majority of the white settlers coming from the United States, this will not surprise many scholars of the era. In some cases, the Texans successfully adopted American political and economic ideology to their needs, while other times they failed miserably.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. p. 2
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  1. The Question of Myth and Identity
  2. Kenneth W. Howell, Charles Swanlund
  3. pp. 3-13
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  1. Part I: The Birth of a Republic
  1. Chapter 1: Mexico’s Federalist War and the Secession of Texas
  2. Richard Bruce Winders
  3. pp. 17-50
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  1. Chapter 2: Voices of the Revolution and Republic
  2. Paul N. Spellman
  3. pp. 51-79
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  1. Chapter 3: Who were the Texians? The Creation of a Texas Identity in the Era of the Republic
  2. James E. Crisp
  3. pp. 81-109
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  1. Part II: Defending the Republic
  1. Chapter 4: Army of the Texas Republic, 1836–1845
  2. Joseph G. Dawson III
  3. pp. 113-147
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  1. Chapter 5: The Republic of Texas Navies
  2. Gary D. Joiner
  3. pp. 149-163
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  1. Chapter 6: Crystallization of a Tradition: Texas Rangers and the Republic of Texas
  2. Bruce A. Glasrud, Harold J. Weiss, Jr.
  3. pp. 165-182
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  1. Part III: Politics and Economics in the Republic
  1. Chapter 7: Sam Houston: Trials and Tribulations of a President
  2. James L. Haley
  3. pp. 185-201
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  1. Chapter 8: Mirabeau B. Lamar: Blinded by Delusions of Grandeur
  2. Kenneth W. Howell
  3. pp. 203-232
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  1. Chapter 9: Anson Jones: The Forgotten President of Texas
  2. Charles Swanlund
  3. pp. 233-270
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  1. Chapter 10: The Diplomacy of the Lone Star Republic, 1836–1845
  2. Kenneth R. Stevens
  3. pp. 271-303
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  1. Chapter 11: Across Many Borders: Persistence and Transformation in the Texas Economy and Culture, 1830–1850
  2. Walter L. Buenger
  3. pp. 305-364
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  1. Part IV: Social and Cultural Vistas
  1. Chapter 12: Frontier Bonnets: Women in the Republic of Texas
  2. Mary L. Scheer
  3. pp. 367-398
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  1. Chapter 13: American Indians in the Republic of Texas: A Case Study for Moving Beyond Traditional Perspectives
  2. Jody Edward Ginn
  3. pp. 399-422
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  1. Chapter 14: Freedom and Slavery in the Republic: African American Experiences in the Republic of Texas
  2. Alwyn Barr
  3. pp. 423-436
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  1. Chapter 15: A Tainted Friendship: The Betrayal of Tejanos in the Republic of Texas
  2. Francis X. Galán
  3. pp. 437-482
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  1. Chapter 16: God Bless Texas: Religion in the Lone Star Republic
  2. John Storey
  3. pp. 483-501
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 503-516
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 517-523
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 524-550
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781574416848
Related ISBN
9781574416718
MARC Record
OCLC
976435058
Pages
576
Launched on MUSE
2017-03-28
Language
English
Open Access
No
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