Heritage, Volume 8, Number 4, Fall 1990 Page: 26
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The Texas History
Companion: Volume I
Produced by Forest Glen TV Productions. Five
one-hour video tapes, Austin, Texas. $125.00
Reviewed by Donna Hector
While the production quality in this set
of video tapes varies, the overall information
presented is interesting and informative.
Narration and personal reminiscences
are used to tell the story as photographs,
drawings, paintings, and video are
shown. The color video shots often lack
clarity. An hour is too long to sustain interest.
Recommended titles would be useful in
required Texas History classes.
The Texas Revolution:
From Anahuac to San Jacinto
This video presents the varying
character of immigrants; the reasons they
came to Texas; and. the changing political
structure of Mexico during this period. The
time line makes multiple events easy to
understand. The unbiased presentation
tells both sides of the conflict over Texas.
It is confusing to show pictures of the
Alamo taken in the late 1800s and to talk
about the Alamo in 1836. Some controversial
conjecture relating to the end of the
battle of the Alamo is presented as accepted
fact. Color photographs of reenactments
of the period would need to be explained
as such. Good bibliography at the
end of the video.
The Big Thicket of Southeast Texas:
A History of 1800-1940
Cattle, oil, and lumber are important
factors in the development of the Big
Thicket area. The independent character
of the settlers of this area is explored. The
positive influence of the AlabamaCoushatta
Indians is discussed. The Big
Thicket history-past and present-is
dominated by the land and the environment.
This tape could have been shorter.
The Big Bend of Southwest Texas:
A History 1840-1940
This excellent presentation portrays
the landscape and daily life of the Big Bend
region in a dynamic and interesting manner.
Settlers survive hardships, Indians,
bandits, and bootleggers. Reminiscences of
Big Bend pioneers are a highlight.
The Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas:
A History 1840-1940
This video gives insight into the early
life of settlers in the Guadalupe Mountains.
The video shots lack clarity and it is
not as interesting as the others.
Pioneer Life in Texas: 1820-1860
This presentation uses personal narratives
and reenactment to create an atmosphere
of pioneer life in Texas during 18201860.
The factual information presented is
interesting and would be valuable for use in
various classroom settings. The main problem
with this presentation is the number of
historical anachronisms throughout. Not
only must facts be correct, but the setting in
which they are presented must be accurate.
Discrepancies such as modem clothing,
fingernail polish, flat top hair cuts, and
modem saddles destroy authenticity.
I highly recommend The Big Bend of
Southwest Texas. The Texas Revolution and
The Big Thicket of Southeast Texas are good
video presentations and are recommended.
Donna Hector is the librarian of Pflugerville Middle
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