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Known as a legendary leader, politician, and founding father of Texas, Stephen F. Austin’s legacy can be seen throughout the Lone Star State. With this bundle, you’ll save on four great titles that offer interesting perspectives on what Austin brought to Texas and what he left behind. The first two biographical titles chronicle his long and illustrious career, while the others contextualize his actions in the Lone Star State’s Revolutionary era and its subsequent independence from Mexico. Learn all about complex figure of Texas history with this informative and and enlightening collection.

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Stephen F. Austin: Empresario of Texas

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24.5
ISBN
9781625110374
Binding
Paperback
By
Gregg Cantrell
The Texas State Historical Association is pleased to offer a reprint edition of Stephen F. Austin: Empresario of Texas, Gregg Cantrell’s path-breaking biography of the founder of Anglo Texas. Cantrell’s portrait goes beyond the traditional interpretation of Austin as the man who spearheaded American Manifest Destiny. Cantrell portrays Austin as a borderlands figure who could navigate the complex cultural landscape of 1820s Texas, then a portion of Mexico. His command of the Spanish language, respect for the Mexican people, and ability to navigate the shoals of Mexican politics made him the perfect advocate for his colonists and often for all of Texas. Yet when conflicts between Anglo colonists and Mexican authorities turned violent, Austin’s accomodationist stance became outdated. Overshadowed by the military hero Sam Houston, he died at the age of forty-three, just six months after Texas independence. Decades after his death, Austin’s reputation was resurrected and he became known as the “Father of Texas.” More than just an icon, Stephen F. Austin emerges from these pages as a shrewd, complicated, and sometimes conflicted figure.
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Lone Star Rising: The Revolutionary Birth of the Texas Republic

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26.99
ISBN
9781585445325
Binding
Paperback
By
William C. Davis

In the whirlwind of revolutions in the Americas, the Texas Revolution stands at the confluence of northern and southern traditions. On the battlefield and in the political aftermath, settlers from the United States struggled with those who brought revolutionary ideas from Latin America and arms from Mexico. In the midst of the conflict stood the Tejanos who had made Texas home for generations.

This masterpiece of narrative and analysis, first published in hardback in 2004, brings the latest scholarship to bear on the oldest questions. Well-known characters such as Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, and General Santa Anna—and the cultures they represented—are etched in sharp and very human relief as they carve out the republic whose Lone Star rose in 1836 and changed the course of a continent.

 

 

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Rise of the Lone Star: The Making of Texas

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27.9
ISBN
9781585440535
Binding
Paperback
By
Andreas V. Reichstein
Patriotic Texans have long sung the praises of their "revolutionary heroes," such as Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston. Some historians have even contributed their own encomiums, while others have cast a less romantic gaze upon Texas' past. But a complete, scholarly analysis of the persons, politics, and events that created the Republic of Texas was not among the material on Texas' so-called revolution that has been published in the last century.

Andreas V. Reichstein offers this volume to fill that gap in the literature. From the perspective of a non-native, he has analyzed modern and contemporary writings on Texas' war of independence and explored the role that Freemasonry, land speculation, and the idea of "Manifest Destiny" played in the transformation of Texas from Mexican province to independent republic and to state of the Union in quick succession.

From the 1821 declaration of Mexico's independence and that of Texas in 1836, Reichstein describes the historical contexts of the deals made between governments and private citizens, to parcel out the land of Texas. Rather than following the lead of previous historians, he refutes some of their theories about the reasons for the war and the motives of its supporters.

Although Reichstein's research might be considered iconoclastic by some, the old image of, for example, Stephen F. Austin as a modest, isolated, and altruistic founding father is less in keeping with the image of the modern Texas hero. Reichstein removes the heavy mantle of myth to reveal Austin as a shrewd, networking entrepreneur.

Extensive research into collections of manuscripts and papers brought to light the privately expressed motives of those Protestant Americans who settled in the Catholic, Mexican province of Texas and then made it their own. Assiduously documented, this volume brings the creation of the nation and the state of Texas onto the stage of world history.
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Almost a hundred years after the death of Stephen F. Austin this first full-length biography was published. And for almost a quarter of a century—dividing his time between editing, teaching, textbook writing, and serving in various academic capacities—Eugene C. Barker pursued the study which resulted in The Life of Stephen F. Austin. His accomplishment has long been regarded as a fine example of biography in Texas literature.

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