Still the arena of Civil War : violence and turmoil in reconstruction Texas, 1865-1874 / edited by Kenneth Howell.Material type: TextPublisher: Denton, Tex. : University of North Texas Press, 2012Edition: 1st edDescription: xii, 445 p. : ill., map ; 24 cmISBN: 9781574414493 (cloth : alk. paper); 1574414496 (cloth : alk. paper); 9781574414578 (e-book); 1574414577 (e-book)Subject(s): Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Texas | Violence -- Texas -- History -- 19th century | Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas | Texas -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century | Minorities -- Violence against -- Texas -- History -- 19th century | Texas -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950DDC classification: 976.4/06 LOC classification: F391 | .S855 2012
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction: the elusive story of violence in Reconstruction Texas, 1865/1874 / by Kenneth W. Howell -- Representatives of change: soldiers, bureau agents, and lawmen -- The post of greatest peril?: the Freedmen's Bureau subassistant commissioners and Reconstruction violence in Texas, 1865/1869 / by Christopher Bean -- "Shoot or get out of the way!": the murder of Texas Freedmen's Bureau agent William G. Kirkman by Cullen Baker; and the historians / by William L. Richter -- The world turned upside down?: the military occupation of Victoria and Calhoun counties, 1865/1867 / by Charles D. Spurlin -- William Longworth, Republican villain / by Richard B. McCaslin -- "The old hero of many cowardly and bloody murders": scalawag gang leader Ben Brown / by Dale Baum -- Finding a solution to Reconstruction violence: the Texas State Police / by Donaly Brice -- The insurgents and their allies: Texas terrorists, politicians, and newspaper editors -- When the Klan rode: terrorism in Reconstruction Texas / by James M. Smallwood -- The Democratic Party, the Ku Klux Klan, and the politics of fear / by Carl H. Moneyhon -- "A free and outspoken press": coverage of Reconstruction violence and turmoil in Texas newspapers, 1866/1868 / by Mary Jo O'Rear -- The victims: minorities and women -- Into freedom's abyss: reflections of Reconstruction violence in Texas / by Ronald Goodwin -- Foreigners in their native land: the violent struggle between Anglos and Tejanos for land titles in South Texas during Reconstruction / by Andres Tijerina -- "To punish and humiliate the entire community": white violence perpetrated against African-American women in Texas, 1865/1868 / by Rebecca Kosary -- Regional perspectives: the frontier, the interior, and places in between -- Governor James Throckmorton and the question of frontier violence in Reconstruction Texas, 1866/1867 / by Kenneth W. Howell -- An uncompromising line between Yankee rule and rebel rowdies: Reconstruction violence in Lavaca County / by Douglas Kubicek and Carroll Scogin-Brincefield -- Reconstruction violence on the lower Brazos River Valley / by John W. Gorman.
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CHOICE ReviewReconstruction in Texas has the reputation of being more violent than it was in other former Confederate states. Editor Howell acknowledges unique aspects of Texas as a frontier and border state that added to the violence but argues that violence was essential to white resistance to Reconstruction in both Texas and the rest of the South. The essays explore the complexities of post-Civil War violence in Texas. Whites attacked blacks; white Republicans, Northerners, and soldiers were targets of violence; and white and Mexican residents were in conflict in southern Texas. Howell views this violence as the second phase of the Civil War, a ten-year struggle following Appomattox during which Southerners regained control of their state governments and reestablished segregated social institutions that subjected blacks politically and economically. Topics covered include the "representatives of change" (the military, government agents, and law enforcement officers who attempted to enforce Reconstruction), the role of the Klan and other terrorist organizations, the victims of violence, and the geographic and chronological distribution of violence. As with most essay collections, there is some unevenness and overlap, but together, the essays provide a compelling, nuanced examination of the nature of the racial and political violence that characterized Reconstruction Texas. Summing Up: Recommended. Most levels/libraries. C. D. Wintz Texas Southern University
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KENNETH W. HOWELL is an associate professor of history at Prairie View A&M University. He is the author of Texas Confederate, Reconstruction Governor: James Webb Throckmorton ; co-author of The Devil's Triangle: Ben Bickerstaff, Northeast Texans, and the War of Reconstruction in Texas and editor of The Seventh Star of the Confederacy: Texas during the Civil War.