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A MAN DESERVES A HEATH
Among the feelings that have moved men powerfully, none
has been more universal than love of the earth. Consciously or
unconsciously, silently or in defiant proclamations, men have
always identified themselves with their native soil. With their
own countryside, with their home rock, they have associated the
forces of their lives. Young men, not always in vain, have died
for this ideal of the land; poets have sung it and old men have
celebrated it in story. It has made some men narrow, but it has
made others heroic. Famed or nameless, each of us is moved
by this feeling for the place of his growth. Every man deserves
a native heath.
The Texas Folk-Lore Society now issues its seventeenth vol-
ume on life in Texas and the Southwestern United States.
These books are not out of one region. They do not write on a
single theme or in one idiom. The Piney Woods of East Texas,
the dry miles of ranch country, the Panhandle, the Gulf Coast,
the Valley, the plains and the mountains, the rivers-Sabine,
Neches, Trinity, Brazos, Colorado, Guadalupe, Nueces, Rio
Grande-this is no subject to be exhausted by seventeen volumes.
Through these scenes, in the years during which the peoples
of Texas have moved through the woods, over the plains, across
the rivers, across the mountains, many races have made part of
the story-Comanche, Conquistador, Frenchman, Englishman,
Scot, Irishman, Mexican, German, Czech, Scandinavian, and
Negro. These Texans have shaped their own lives and the state
at the same molding, slow and continuous. It has been the
task of the Texas Folk-Lore Society to gather into printed books
some of the records of this growth-the stories, the songs, the
ways of living.
In this volume, a longer road is traveled than any which
the cotton wagons ever followed into Jefferson. Nor is the end
of the road reached at the end of this book. Jefferson Road Days
are over only for the man who thinks of life in terms of nicely
measured miles and hour hands moving precisely. All that went
over the Jefferson Road and all that came back is still part of
Here’s what’s next.
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. Texian Stomping Grounds, book, 1941; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67663/m1/7/: accessed April 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.