Southwestern Historical Quarterly July women's clubs and individuals like Ethel T. Drought in developing Texas's urban identity and its justifiable prominence in the arts, especially the visual arts. Patrick Cox's essay on South Texas rancher and capitalist W. W. Jones shows that Texan identity is much broader and more complex than myth and memory allow. Gene B. Preuss's essay on the legacy of Delgado v. Bastrop, a civil rights case involving segregation of Mexican American students in Texas, provides a fitting conclusion to this anthology. It begs the question: Is there a `Texan' identity? The essays in this book answer a resounding no. There never has been. In recognizing discrimination as a major factor in the portrayal of Texan identity, Preuss rightfully observes that the story of the Delgado case opens up not only many questions of Texan identity but new avenues of historical investigation as well. History, it is often said, is written by the winners. Myths develop around both the dominant and the excluded elements in society. Combining reexamination of Texas's most enduring touchstones--the Alamo, the Texas Rangers, the cattle rancher--with exploration of aspects of Texas history that have been subject to exclusion or fallacy, this
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Jul 12, 2017
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