Eavesdropping on Texas History


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Editor: Mary L. Scheer
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Hardcover ISBN-13: 9781574416756
Physical Description: 6x9. 352 pp. 26 b&w illus. Notes. Bib. Index.
Publication Date: February 2017
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Mary L. Scheer has assembled fifteen contributors to explore special moments in Texas history. The contributors assembled for this anthology represent many of the “all stars” among Texas historians: two State Historians of Texas, two past presidents of TSHA, four current or past presidents of ETHA, two past presidents of WTHA, nine fellows of historical associations, two Fulbright Scholars, and seven award-winning authors. Each is an expert in his or her field and provided in some fashion an answer to the question: At what moment in Texas history would you have liked to have been a “fly on the wall” and why? The choice of a moment and the answers were both personal and individual, ranging from familiar topics to less well-known subjects.

One wanted to be at the Alamo. Another chose to explore when Sam Houston refused to take a loyalty oath to the Confederacy. One chapter follows the first twenty-four hours of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidency after Kennedy’s assassination. Others write about the Dust Bowl coming to Texas, or when Texas Southern University was created.

About Author:

MARY L. SCHEER is professor and chair of the history department at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She is the author of The Foundations of Texan Philanthropy, editor of the award-winning Women and the Texas Revolution (UNT Press), and co-editor of Twentieth-Century Texas: A Social and Cultural History and Texan Identities (both UNT Press).

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