Texan Identities: Moving Beyond Myth, Memory, and Fallacy in Texas History (Hardcover)

Moving Beyond Myth, Memory, and Fallacy in Texas History

By Light Townsend Cummins (Editor), Mary L. Scheer (Editor)

University of North Texas Press, 9781574416480, 320pp.

Publication Date: August 22, 2016



Texan Identities rests on the assumption that Texas has distinctive identities that define "what it means to be Texan," and that these identities flow from myth and memory. What constitutes a Texas identity and how may such change over time? What myths, memories, and fallacies contribute to making a Texas identity? Are all the myths and memories that define Texas identity true or are some of them fallacious? Is there more than one Texas identity?

The discussion begins with the idealized narrative and icons revolving around the Texas Revolution. The Texas Rangers in myth and memory are also explored. Other essays expand on traditional and increasingly outdated interpretations of the Anglo-American myth of Texas by considering little known roles played by women, racial minorities, and specific stereotypes such as the cattleman.

About the Author

LIGHT TOWNSEND CUMMINS is the Guy M. Bryan, Jr. Professor of History at Austin College and the author of Emily Austin of Texas, Spanish Observers and the American Revolution, and co-editor of Discovering Texas History. MARY L. SCHEER is Professor and Chair of History at Lamar University and author of The Foundations of Texan Philanthropy, co-editor of Twentieth-Century Texas, and editor of Women and the Texas Revolution.