Bookcover: Two Counties in Crisis: Measuring Political Change in Reconstruction Texas

Two Counties in Crisis: Measuring Political Change in Reconstruction Texas

vol. 8: Texas Local

Robert J. Dillard — author. 

September, 2023




5 b&w illus. Notes. Bib. Index.




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About Dillard's Two Counties in Crisis

Two Counties in Crisis offers a rare opportunity to observe how local political cultures are transformed by state and national events. Utilizing an interdisciplinary fusion of history and political science, Robert J. Dillard analyzes two disparate Texas counties—traditionalist Harrison County and individualist Collin County—and examines four Reconstruction governors (Hamilton, Throckmorton, Pease, Davis) to aid the narrative and provide additional cultural context.

Commercially prosperous and built on slave labor in the mold of Deep South plantation culture, East Texas’s Harrison County strongly supported secession in 1861. West Texas’s Collin County, characterized by individual and family farms with a limited slave population, favored the Union. During Reconstruction, Collin County became increasingly conservative and eventually bore a great resemblance to Harrison County. By 1876 and the ratification of the regressive Texas Constitution, Collin County had become firmly resistant to all aspects of Reconstruction.

About the Author

ROBERT J. DILLARD received his PhD in political science from Texas Tech University and MA in history from Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. He now serves as an associate professor of political science at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi.

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