“Few academic volumes remain timely and relevant more than thirty years after they were first published. This is one of those exceptional books.”—from the foreword by Andrew J. Torget while discussing the Civil War Era in Texas. Historians have published countless studies of the American Civil War and following era of Reconstruction. This study differs in its focus on how ordinary people experienced the years from 1861 to 1876. With this in mind, what did secession, civil war, emancipation and Reconstruction mean at the local level in Texas? How much change did the era bring to Harrison County: a cotton-growing, planter-dominated community with the largest slave population of any county in the state? Find an answer in A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas, 1850–1880. First published by the Texas State Historical Association in 1983 and now in paperback.