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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

It Happened in Texas - Crutchfield

It Happened in Texas, 2nd edition.

By James A. Crutchfield.

Guilford, Conn: Two Dot / Globe Pequot Press, 2007. pbk map, bibliog., index ISBN 0-7627-4569-X $12.95

These 33 interesting episodes of history begin in prehistory and continue to 1993. Most are the usual quarrelsome or violent stories of a nation or state in development. Most before 1866 are the stock stories, but those after are refreshing, more likely unknown to the casual historian. For instance, there’s the 1966 “March of the Melon Pickers,” and the 1993 “Showdown in Waco.”

The less violent tend to be stories related to women, like actress Sarah Bernhardt’s 1892 and 1906 tours and the 1967 story about Barbara Jordan taking her seat. And there’s the humorous 1891 rainmaking.

It would be nice if Crutchfield would compile a volume solely devoted to the 20th century.

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