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Documents of Texas History

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Edited by Ernest Wallace, David M. Vigness, and George B. Ward


Documents of Texas History, a valuable reference work for students, teachers, scholars, and history aficionados, provides an in-depth, firsthand understanding of Texas history. The 141 documents selected for this book are accounts of significant events in Texas history, beginning with Cabeza de Vaca's 1528 expedition and ending with the national influence of the Dallas Cowboys and their Super Bowl victory.

In between these two events-separated by more than four centuries-are scores of documents on a broad range of social, cultural, and political events that have shaped the history of Texas and often affected the nation. Fascinating to read, they relate history as it was lived by the participants and their contemporary observers.

The documents are drawn from a great number of sources: archives, historical periodicals, rare books, government publications, and newspapers. They are arranged in chronological order and each document is prefaced by an introduction that provides background and interpretation of the event or topic at hand. The editors' careful selections provide an excellent overview of Texas history in all its depth and diversity.

Ernest Wallace (1906-1985) was a fellow and president of the Texas State Historical Association.

David M. Vigness (1922-1979), chairman of the department of history at Texas Tech University from 1961-1978, taught and wrote about Texas and Latin America.

George B. Ward, who has written about Texas and the American West, is a former assistant director of the Texas State Historical Association and former managing editor of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly.