Mary Jo Powell
5" x 9" • 312 pages • full-color photos, maps
ISBN 9781566565646 • paperback • $20.00 •
“Makes Texas history readable and memorable…the first in a series of unique history books...in-depth cultural and historical guides…certainly offers the most in terms of unique stories to entertain armchair travelers, to educate students and teachers, or to suggest sightseeing adventures for road trips…both scholarly and engaging…The book is user friendly, easily tucked into a backpack or purse for handy reference when in the field…Fulfilling the promise of the title, the book is a travelogue. The writer mentions many must-see sites and out-of-the-way places…Ms. Powell includes just about everything anyone ever wanted to know about Texas along with suggestions for continuing to participate in building its history.”
—Review of Texas Books
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Mary Jo Powell’s Texas begins with a panorama of the vast Texas landscape, from the Piney Woods to Big Bend Country, before turning to the people of the land now called Texas. She begins with those who inhabited the area before the Spanish arrived, the story of the Alamo, the movement from independent nation to state, the role of slavery in Texas, the state’s role in the Civil War and reconstruction, and how the state survived both World Wars and the Depression. Along the way, Powell addresses some uniquely Texan phenomena, such as the myth and realities of the Texas cowboy, how the discovery of oil and logging changed the land and its identity, and the rancorous and spirited world of Texas politics, which made its mark on US politics with the rise of Lyndon B. Johnson and the Bush family. It also introduces readers to the spicier side of the state, including its food, the movies it inspired, its music, and its writers.
Mary Jo Powell is a fourth-generation Texan who lives in Austin, where she got a Ph.D. in history at the University of Texas.
“'Texas: On The Road Histories' offers an in-depth look at the Lone Star State…Austin author Mary Jo Powell writes about today's history with links to the past, including the story of those who lived here before the Spanish arrived, the story of the Alamo, the movement from independent nation to state, the discovery of oil, politics and the prominence of the Johnson and Bush families. Food, music and myths are also detailed in this 312-page paperback.”
—Austin American Statesman
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