The path to a modern South : northeast Texas between Reconstruction and the Great Depression / Walter L. Buenger.

By: Buenger, Walter L. (Walter Louis), 1951-Material type: TextTextPublisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2001Edition: 1st edDescription: xxvi, 342 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cmISBN: 0292708874 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780292708877 (cloth : alk. paper); 0292708882 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780292708884 (pbk. : alk. paper)Subject(s): Texas -- History -- 1846-1950 | Texas -- Social conditions | Texas -- Economic conditions | New Deal, 1933-1939 -- Texas | World War, 1939-1945 -- Texas | World War, 1939-1945 -- Influence | Social change -- Texas -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Path to a modern South.; Online version:: Path to a modern South.DDC classification: 976.4/8061 LOC classification: F391 | .B878 2001Other classification: NP 6020
Contents:
Foundations -- The Fluid and the Constant: Persistent Factionalism, Lynching, and Reform, 1887-1896 -- Competition, Innovation, and a Changing Economy, 1897-1914 -- Transformations -- A New Political Order, 1897-1912 -- "Old Ideas" and "Improved Conditions" Law, Custom, and Memory, 1902-1914 -- An Economic Roller Coaster, 1914-1930 -- World War I and a Shifting Culture -- Women, the Ku Klux Klan, and Factional Identity, 1920-1927 -- Modernity -- Politics and Culture, 1928 -- Epilogue: Stars and Bars and the Lone Star: Memory, Texas, and the South.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-333) and index.

Foundations -- The Fluid and the Constant: Persistent Factionalism, Lynching, and Reform, 1887-1896 -- Competition, Innovation, and a Changing Economy, 1897-1914 -- Transformations -- A New Political Order, 1897-1912 -- "Old Ideas" and "Improved Conditions" Law, Custom, and Memory, 1902-1914 -- An Economic Roller Coaster, 1914-1930 -- World War I and a Shifting Culture -- Women, the Ku Klux Klan, and Factional Identity, 1920-1927 -- Modernity -- Politics and Culture, 1928 -- Epilogue: Stars and Bars and the Lone Star: Memory, Texas, and the South.

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This comprehensively researched and well-written study provides a detailed examination of the political, economic, social, and cultural changes that occurred in the First Congressional District of Texas between the 1880s and 1930. This 11-county area existed as perhaps the most "southern" region of Texas in the years immediately following the Civil War. Buenger (Texas A&M) concludes that a series of political, economic, cultural, and social changes between the 1880s and 1930--including the rise of populism, railroad construction, business development, changing attitudes toward women, and altered racial attitudes--provided the foundations of modernity in the region. Hence, northeast Texas began to deviate from the historical norms of being southern, instead becoming more Texan, as residents developed ideas and attitudes that differentiated them from southerners. The study concludes that this helped to create the popular Texas myth and mystique, which, by the 1930s, had provided a new, nonsouthern identity for Texans. The author thus believes that northeast Texas, as a case study, is indicative of similar changes that occurred all across the Lone Star state. This study will be a landmark in the historical literature for years to come. Undergraduates and above. L. T. Cummins Austin College

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Walter L. Buenger is Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University.

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