Article Book Reviews Nancy Baker Jones, Editor Texan Identities: Moving Beyond Myth, Memory, and Fallacy in Texas History. Edited by Light Townsend Cummins and Mary L. Scheer. (Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2016. Pp. 320. Photographs, notes, bibliography, index.) This collection of essays from Texas State University alumni offers fresh perspectives on the well-worn topics of Texas myth, memory, and identity. The editors begin with two related assumptions: that Texans possess "distinctive identities defining what it means to be Texan" (3), and that "these identities flow from myth and memory" (3), some true and some not. They begin with the dominant image of the Anglo-American male individualist and then challenge it, noting that what it means to be "Texan" cannot be defined in those terms. The essays that follow expose not only the true diversity of Texan identity but also the historical fallacies that underlie the denial of that diversity. In the opening chapter Stephen L. Hardin reflects on the central icon of Texas myth and memory, the Alamo, concluding that while the myth is complex, true honor, virtue, and patriotism lie at the core of its identity. Mary L. Scheer challenges the all-male Texan identity with
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Jul 12, 2017
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