The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 93, July 1989 - April, 1990 Page: 302
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302 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
While historians of Texas history have been steadily revising the old
Dunning model of Reconstruction, readings available to the general
public still convey the old story of military dominance and Radical mis-
rule. The new material, whatever its historiographical school or back-
ground, clearly demonstrates that this was not the case. The scenario
has been "radically" revised and now other factors have to be consid-
ered and pondered. All this poignantly suggests that Texas still remains
a fertile field for the enterprising Reconstruction scholar.
Even after two decades of stirring in the Reconstruction historio-
graphical arena, scholars still need to give Texas additional attention.
Many positive signs are on the horizon that this is now occurring. In
the past twenty years interpretations of Texas Reconstruction have
spanned the historiographical spectrum, with the Lone Star State hover-
ing on the fringes of the new but clinging tenaciously to the old. Recent
writings, whatever their orientation, make it obvious that the former
perception of this dark and bloody ground are, for the most part, no
longer valid. It is now time to build upon this foundation and rewrite
Texas Reconstruction history.
Here’s what’s next.
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