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Eavesdropping on Texas History

Mary L. Scheer (Editor)


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Mary L. Scheer has assembled fifteen contributors to explore special moments in Texas history. The contributors assembled for this anthology represent many of the “all stars” among Texas historians: two State Historians of Texas, two past presidents of TSHA, four current or past presidents of ETHA, two past presidents of WTHA, nine fellows of historical associations, two Fulbright Scholars, and seven award-winning authors. Each is an expert in his or her field and provided in some fashion an answer to the question: At what moment in Texas history would you have liked to have been a “fly on the wall” and why? The choice of a moment and the answers were both personal and individual, ranging from familiar topics to less well-known subjects.
One wanted to be at the Alamo. Another chose to explore when Sam Houston refused to take a loyalty oath to the Confederacy. One chapter follows the first twenty-four hours of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidency after Kennedy’s assassination. Others write about the Dust Bowl coming to Texas, or when Texas Southern University was created.

Praise For Eavesdropping on Texas History

“This will be a very successful book—with topics part familiar and part surprising, but always informative and entertaining. Each essay is written by an established scholar, and is based on significant research in a combination of primary and secondary works.”—Cary D. Wintz, author of Black Culture and the Harlem Renaissance and co-editor of Major Problems in Texas History
“This is an engaging book comprised of chapters each by an authority on the Texas past. I thoroughly enjoyed each of the essays. It was interesting to me as a historian to read about incidents in the Texas past that my colleagues have studied far more than I have.”—T. Lindsay Baker, author of Gangster Tour of Texas and Ghost Towns of Texas

"[A] thoughtful, engrossing, and highly recommended contribution to public and college library American history shelves."--Midwest Book Review

"Editor Mary L. Scheer's first-rate collection Eavesdropping on Texas History challenges the reader; is entertaining, scholarly, and informative; and inspires some questions: What is history? Why study history?"--Southwestern Historical Quarterly

'[A] unique set of essays that are both entertaining and informative. . . . Utilizing an array of primary and secondary sources, this study provides students, educators, and scholars with new perspective on pivotal events that helped to shape the Lone Star State."--Central Texas Studies

"This is a good overview of some of the events that make Texas such a special place."--Tombstone Epitaph

University of North Texas Press, 9781574416756, 352pp.

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

About the Author

MARY L. SCHEER is professor and chair of the history department at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She is the author of The Foundations of Texan Philanthropy, editor of the award-winning Women and the Texas Revolution (UNT Press), and co-editor of Twentieth-Century Texas: A Social and Cultural History and Texan Identities (both UNT Press).