Single Star of the West
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 begins with the Texas Revolution and examines
the emergence of a Texas identity. 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. 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.
“With its distinguished array of authors and impressive array of topics,
this volume will be welcomed by readers of Texas history.” —Patrick G.
Williams, author of Beyond Redemption: Texas Democrats after