Seeking Inalienable Rights (Paperback)

Texans and Their Quests for Justice

By Debra A. Reid (Editor)

Texas A&M University Press, 9781603441230, 222pp.

Publication Date: September 28, 2009

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Hardcover (9/28/2009)

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Seeking Inalienable Rights demonstrates that the history of Texans’ quests to secure inalienable rights and expand government-protected civil rights has been one of stops and starts, successes and failures, progress and retrenchment.


Inside This Book:


"Early Organizing in the Search for Equality African American Conventions in Late Nineteenth-Century Texas"-Alwyn Barr, Texas Tech University   

"Crucial Decade for Texas Labor: Railway Union Struggles, 1886–1896"-George N. Green, University of Texas at Arlington

"Racism and Sexism in Rural Texas: The Contested Nature of Progressive Rural Reform, 1870s–1910s" -Debra A. Reid, Eastern Illinois University          

"Fighting on the Home Front: The Rhetoric of Woman Suffrage in World War I"-James Seymour, Lone Star College, Cy Fair     

"Contrasts in Neglect: Progressive Municipal Reform in Dallas and San Antonio"-Patricia E. Gower, University of the Incarnate Word

"Religious Moderates and Race: The Texas Christian Life Commission and the Call for Racial Reconciliation, 1954–1968"-David K. Chrisman, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor  

"Elusive Unity: African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Civil Rights in Houston"-Brian D. Behnken, Iowa State University         

"Chicanismo and the Flexible Fourteenth Amendment: 1960s Agitation and Litigation by Mexican American Youth in Texas"-Steven Harmon Wilson, Tulsa Community College


This insightful discussion will appeal to those interested in African American, Hispanic, labor, and gender history.



Praise For Seeking Inalienable Rights: Texans and Their Quests for Justice

". . . these essays . . . make it plain that the emphasis has been on 'seeking'. . . ." -Archie P. McDonald, Stephen F. Austin University

— Archie P. McDonald

"An informative collection. . . illustrating the multifarious ways in which Texans over time perceived the meaning of inalienable rights."-Arnoldo De León, Angelo State University

— Arnoldo De León