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The Texas Liberal Press and the Image of White Texas Masculinity, 1938-1963

The Texas Liberal Press and the Image of White Texas Masculinity, 1938-1963 Title cover from the Emancipator, September 1938. DI 03086, courtesy Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. The Texas Liberal Press and the Image of White Texas Masculinity, 1938–1963 Angus Lauchlan* he popular image of white men in Texas has long been used and T molded by those in film, literature, and society who wished to promote their own political, cultural, or social agenda or, indeed, challenge what they perceived as the sociopolitical norm. What this article intends to show is that the popular image of white Texas manhood became, in the period under discussion, an important symbol of all that the liberal press in Texas believed was wrong with Texas society. The three outlets for Texas political liberalism that will be examined here, each, to varying degrees, displayed an understanding of the cultural, social, and political relevance of the Texas male image. The resentment toward the image that existed in the Texas liberal press, especially when it became a signic fi ant issue in the mid- 1950s, was primarily directed at those who benefited from the image in the Texas business and political elites. However, bitterness was also aimed at those in the media, literature, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southwestern Historical Quarterly Southwest Center (Univ of Arizona)

The Texas Liberal Press and the Image of White Texas Masculinity, 1938-1963

Southwestern Historical Quarterly , Volume 110 (4) – Jun 11, 2007

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Publisher
Southwest Center (Univ of Arizona)
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 The Texas State Historical Association.
ISSN
0038-478x
eISSN
1558-9560

Abstract

Title cover from the Emancipator, September 1938. DI 03086, courtesy Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. The Texas Liberal Press and the Image of White Texas Masculinity, 1938–1963 Angus Lauchlan* he popular image of white men in Texas has long been used and T molded by those in film, literature, and society who wished to promote their own political, cultural, or social agenda or, indeed, challenge what they perceived as the sociopolitical norm. What this article intends to show is that the popular image of white Texas manhood became, in the period under discussion, an important symbol of all that the liberal press in Texas believed was wrong with Texas society. The three outlets for Texas political liberalism that will be examined here, each, to varying degrees, displayed an understanding of the cultural, social, and political relevance of the Texas male image. The resentment toward the image that existed in the Texas liberal press, especially when it became a signic fi ant issue in the mid- 1950s, was primarily directed at those who benefited from the image in the Texas business and political elites. However, bitterness was also aimed at those in the media, literature, and

Journal

Southwestern Historical QuarterlySouthwest Center (Univ of Arizona)

Published: Jun 11, 2007

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