Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 5, Number 2, Fall, 1993 Page: 3
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_ rom the Editor
T he role of the individual in history is an oft-debated topic. Obviously economic factors, technological
advances, even natural disasters can determine the course of events. Yet history abounds with examples
of individuals whose creativity, skill, or will power profoundly altered their society.
The articles in this issue all illustrate the impact that individuals have had in North Texas.
Most of the Reconstruction era judges profiled in Randolph B. Campbell's article were not in
sympathy with the traditional leadership that continued to shape public opinion in Dallas. Yet many
of these judges managed to win a grudging respect through an impartial administration of their courts
and a strict adherence to the law. In so doing, they avoided the violent outbreaks which plagued other
communities. As Thomas H. Smith relates in his article, the state of Texas would never have been
represented at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition but for the dedication of Mrs. Benedette Tobin
of Austin, Mrs. Sydney Smith of Dallas, and their colleagues. Where their male counterparts set lofty
goals and then failed to deliver, the Lady Managers persisted and got a building erected and exhibits
Dedication and persistence were also required of Rev. J. T. Upchurch and his wife, Maggie,
in establishing a home for fallen women in Arlington in 1903. As Gerald D. Saxon explains, they were
tackling a serious and controversial public problem with little financial backing. Yet they managed
not only to keep the home open for thirty years but to expand its facilities, helping during this period
3,000 women. Personal dedication also marked the Dallas bookstore managers described by David
Farmer. To their marketing skills they added a love of books, a support of authors, and a respect for
customers that enabled their businesses to contribute significantly to the literacy of the community.
In each case, our history would have been quite different without the roles played by these
With this issue of Legacies, we conclude five years of publication. Ten issues, with more than
fifty research articles, essays, edited documents, and illustrated features. In our first issue we pledged
"to examine the many historical legacies-social, ethnic, cultural, political-which have shaped the
modern city of Dallas and the region around it." In pursuing that goal we have looked at pioneer life,
architecture, art and music, medicine, sports, transportation, social services, the impact of war on
Dallas, and more. We're just beginning to scratch the surface in exploring the rich history of our
region. We approach the next five years with renewed resolve and enthusiasm.
-Michael V. Hazel
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