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A Texas History Reading List
Texas HERITAGE asked several noted historians to weigh in on what they consider to be some
of the most important books on Texas history. Below is a list of their recommendations, with a
brief comment on why a particular title was selected.
RICHARD McCASLIN, Ph.D., is the
history department chair at the
University of North Texas in Denton.
This award-winning writer's areas of
interests are Texas history and 19th-
century U.S. military history.
* Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone
Star State by Randolph B. Campbell
For those interested in all periods of
Texas history, Campbell provides a con-
cise, readable, and useful history of the
Lone Star State, and this work can serve
as a guide to other books on specific top-
ics as well.
IN THE MAKING OF TEXAS, 1836-1986
WINNER OF THE FREDERICK JACKSON TURNER AWARD
* Spanish Texas, 1519-1821 by
It is impossible to ignore the
almost three centuries of Spanish
rule over Texas and the deep imprint
it has left on the state. This is by far
the best overview of that period.
* Anglos and Mexicans in the
Making of Texas, 1836-1986 by
Many authors have tried to tack-
le the complex relationship between L
these two cultural groups in Texas, j
but none have done better than r
this author in analyzing its various
*Lone Star Rising: Lyndon Johnson
and His Times, 1908-1960 by
It is admittedly difficult to choose
one book on the myriad changes
that created the "modern" Texas in the
20th century. However, the nod has to
go to this master biographer, who pro-
vides compelling perspectives not only
on LBJ, but also on the times in which
MIKE COX is an Austin-based writ-
er-historian and the author of 20
Texas-related, non-fiction books. One
of his works, More Basic Texas Books,
lists 126 books that Cox believes
should stand with the titles listed by
the late John Jenkins in his 1983 Basic
* The Handbook of Texas, online ver-
sion, Texas State Historical Association
The original print version of The
Handbook of Texas was published in
1952. However, the more recent vol-
umes, published in 1996, have been
made all but obsolete by the continu-
ously-updated online version. No one
writes about Texas history without fre-
quently consulting The Handbook of
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