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* A category of books: The various
multi-volume collections of Texas-
related government papers and letters,
including The Writings of Sam Houston,
The Papers of the Texas Revolution, Texas
Indian Papers, The Papers of Mirabeau B.
Lamar, and The Personal Correspondence
of Sam Houston, among others.
Because of digitization we'll proba-
bly never see any more multi-volume
traditional printed books containing
the raw material of our state's history,
but the titles named and others have
helped countless Texas history
* Texas: A Historical Atlas by A. Ray
Stephens with cartography by Carol
This book is the best of three historical
atlases dealing with Texas history, and it
is an excellent reference work.
* Passionate Nation: The Epic History of
Texas by James L. Haley
This was the first trade book overview
of Texas history in 40 years. Haley is a
researcher extraordinaire and a good
CHARLES D. GREAR, Ph.D., received
his doctorate in history from Texas
Christian University and currently
teaches at Prairie View A&M
University in Prairie View. He special-
izes in Texas and Civil War history
and is the author of Why Texans
Fought in the Civil War.
* Texian Illiad by Stephen L. Hardin
No other book examining the Texas
Revolution is as concise and enter-
taining. Hardin brings to life the
people and the major events of Texas'
military struggles for independence,
while explaining the importance of
these events in the larger picture of
* Sacrificed at the Alamo: Tragedy
and Triumph in the Texas Revolution
by Richard Bruce Winders
Winders, the curator of the cradle of
Texas liberty, successfully places the
Alamo in the context of the Texas
Revolution while providing a balanced
approach between the traditional Alamo
story and new evidence that has surfaced
in the 20th century.
* Planting the Union Flag in Texas: The
Campaigns of Major General Nathaniel
P Banks in the West by Stephen A.
Though the author is not a trained
historian, his research has changed the
thinking on Texas' role in the Civil
War. Dupree successfully refutes some
historians' beliefs that the Union con-
sidered Texas the backwater of the Civil
* Blood and Treasure: Confederate
Empire in the Southwest by Donald S.
Frazier provides relevance to the New
Mexico Campaign, and his research and
florid writing provides vibrant images
of every aspect of the grueling effort of
the Texans to expand Confederate terri-
TY CASHION, Ph.D., is a member of
the history faculty at Sam Houston
State University in Huntsville. He is
the author of several books on Texas
history, including Texas Frontier,
which won the Rupert Richardson
Swters hs state should benghtfully proud of"
JAMES L. HALEY
A MILITARY HISTORY 1F THE TEXAS REVOLUTION
rt wy .
Stephen L. Hardin
Award for "Best Book on Texas and
Western History" in 1996.
* The Texas Rangers er the Mexican
Revolution: The Bloodiest Decade by
Charles Harris and Ray Sadler
If setting the record straight is a pre-
requisite for rewriting a new usable
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