The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973 Page: 146
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Early statehood: the neglected years
The years sandwiched in between the excitement of annexation
and the romance of the Mexican War at one end of early statehood
and the tragedy of the Civil War and the bitterness of Reconstruc-
tion at the other have, to a considerable degree, been neglected.
Although much has been written, the period has no historian. A lot
of ground has been spaded, but no real overall depth reached. Many
facets of these important years have been explored, but a synthesis
is yet to be developed.
The same remarks could, of course, be made about other periods
of Texas history as well, but these years are especially important
because they were years of political anxiety, economic growth, and
social development that preceded the traumas and dislocations of a
tragic era. The lack of a more thorough understanding of this period
perhaps accounts in part for our failure in Texas to have turned out
better works on the Civil War and Reconstruction. At least this would
seem to hold true for political history. Considering the vast source
of documents available for all of these years, we should do better.
In this issue of the Quarterly four historians who have particularly
keen interests in early statehood continue probing what has long
been under way. They have opened more windows and thrown addi-
tional light on the complexities of antebellum Texas. From the
research and pens of these men and other scholars, we hope that full
fledged, provocative accounts of the political, social, economic, agri-
cultural, and intellectual history of early statehood will evolve. When
this is done, then a synthesizer will be able to put it all together and
provide us with a perspective from the mountain top, and the piers
will have been constructed to give us a more meaningful history for
the era that followed.
L. Tuffly Ellis
Cover: "Old San Antonio" by Herman Lungkhwitz. Courtesy of
Mrs. Ernst Schuchard.
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