Bastrop County During Reconstruction by Kevin Kesselus. Published by Wash Jones Press, 2011. Condition: Good. Softcover with light edge wear. Text appears unmarked and binding is tight.
Kenneth Kesselus examines Bastrop County during the period 1865-1874 as a way to explore the transformations taking place both in Texas and in the United States during Reconstruction. Kesselus, a native of Bastrop County, is quite familiar with the local terrain, history, and personalities, and he takes care to distill this knowledge for the reader. He examines in careful detail all features of life in Bastrop County and covers such aspects as economic development, building and rebuilding infrastructure (including a failed attempt to persuade a railroad to run a line through the town of Bastrop), the role of social and fraternal organizations, particularly for German Americans and for African Americans, and politics at the local level. – from a review by Evan Rothera in TSHA’s Southwestern Historical Quarterly.