The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 72, July 1968 - April, 1969 Page: 502
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Restructuring Texas Reconstruction History
Periods of history are often characterized by an attitude of good feeling,
accomplishment, progress, disruption, stagnation, decline, war, depression,
or perhaps bitterness. No era of American history, nor of the Texas experi-
ence, has exceeded that of Reconstruction for passing from generation to
generation a more fixed view of a troubled and bitter time in our national
and state life. This was in a sense natural, as the Reconstruction period
witnessed an attempt at radicalizing the social and political values of the
majority of the people of the South very much against their wishes.
Texas historians writing about these complex years have, by their re-
search, largely substantiated the attitudes handed down over the decades.
These historians have not, as have scholars studying the comparable situa-
tion and problems for other southern states, revised or enlarged our under-
standing of that epoch in recent years. But that is now changing.
Influenced by the spirit of our times, by the research and findings of
other scholars, and, as a result of their own investigations, by looking
anew at long used sources and in some cases studying pertinent materials
not generally available until lately, historians are beginning to restructure
their interpretations of Reconstruction in Texas.
The articles in this issue of the Quarterly join John 'Waller's recently
published Colossal Hamilton of Texas as the first major fruits of the new
L. Tuffly Ellis
Cover: "The Funeral of A. J. Hamilton April 12, x875" by Ancel
E. Nunn. A. C. Greene 1969.
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