Edited by Wanda Garner Cash and Ed Sterling
Twelve essays that explore the role of the Texas Press Association in informing the electorate, promoting business, advancing the public good, and improving the quality of life for all Texans.
By John Anthony Moretta
Few people have played a more important role in the history of Texas than William Pitt Ballinger. Ballinger is one of those individuals whose behind-the-scenes life had a major impact on the events of his time. In his fascinating life and career we see reflected some of the most important issues of his era, including secession, slavery, corporations, and the law.
By Nancy Beck Young and Lewis L. Gould; foreword by Ann Richards
Texas, Her Texas is the fascinating story of Frances Goff and her three remarkable careers: in Texas government as legislative aide and State Budget Director; at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center; and as Director of the Bluebonnet Girls State Program of the American Legion Auxiliary.
By Lawrence Goodwyn
Lawrence Goodwyn explores the legend of the Texas wildcatter, the twentieth century’s version of Thomas Jefferson’s “yeoman farmer” and the nineteenth century’s plains-riding cowboy. Goodwyn brings into clear relief the people who endeavored to act out the American Dream in the remote corners of “oil country.”
Edited by Caleb Coker
Helen Chapman and her husband William, the first quartermaster at Fort Brown, were founding citizens of Brownsville, Texas. In her letters from the South Texas frontier, she commented on social conditions along the Rio Grande, expressing forthright opinions on a wide range of topics.