Southwestern Historical Quarterly July minded, supporting numerous philanthropic causes that benefited youth, the community, and educational institutions, including Shangri-La, a nature center opened free of charge in 1946. Several important themes run through this book: Gilded Age capitalism, politics, race, gender, and philanthropy. The authors present this corner of Texas as distinct in its history, ecosystems, and opportunities, yet immersed in global events that could create or destroy great fortunes. Unencumbered by federal regulations or tax laws, and helped by the availability of vast timberlands, Lutcher and the Starks capitalized on a free market without what they regarded as government interference. Like other men of wealth, they directed their surplus funds toward philanthropy for charitable purposes and as shrewd business decisions. The creation of the Stark Foundation in 1961, for example, committed itself to the betterment of society while continuing the donors' tax-exempt control of the family fortune. This volume is a valuable contribution to the history and culture of Southeast Texas that deftly tells an important story of economic development, power politics, and community identity. Numerous photographs familiarize the reader with the individuals and their unique environment. Coverage of the three generations, however, is uneven, perhaps due
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Jul 12, 2017
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