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Travels with Joe: The Life Story of a Historian from Texas, 1917-1993

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David G. McComb (Author)


Joe B. Frantz spent his life working as a college professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin and at Texas A&M--Corpus Christi. He was director of the Texas State Historical Association from 1966 to 1977 and gathered the oral history of the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. Along the way he taught graduate students, wrote books and articles, and gave speeches. "Joe," as he preferred to be called, received the mantle of Texas history from his mentor, Walter Prescott Webb, and progressed to become a recognized western and national historian. His era spanned the time when the University of Texas became a major doctoral school that trained historians, and his students are now senior professors in departments across the country. Travels with Joe is based upon Frantz's personal papers, interviews, and writings. It narrates the story of Frantz's triumphs and storms and captures the essence of this fascinating and influential man. Life, for Joe B. Frantz, was a grand journey, an adventure that he preferred to share with others. This book is about his journey.

David G. McComb, a professor at Colorado State University, has published numerous books and articles on Texas history, including a history of Galveston published by the University of Texas Press.