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The city in Texas : a history

Author: David G McComb
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"This book is the first history of cities in Texas, covering the earliest days of Spanish-Mexican towns, the Republic era to about 1940, and metropolitan Texas to the present. Not only is this book a first for Texas, but there seem to be no equivalent books for any other states, so the author has developed new concepts like 'the first road frontier' and the 'rupture' caused by the railroads. McComb emphasizes how  Read more...
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History
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McComb, David G.
City in Texas.
Austin, TX : University of Texas Press, 2015
(DLC) 2014026616
(OCoLC)891941738
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David G McComb
ISBN: 9780292767478 0292767471
OCLC Number: 899987445
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 342 pages)
Contents: Introduction: Theories, definitions, historians --
Part One. First things --
The lay of the land --
The influence of the Native Americans --
The towns of the Spanish Empire in Texas --
The coming of the Americans --
The towns of the Texas Revolution --
Part Two. The dirt road frontier, 1836/1900 --
Major events --
The dirt road --
Migration : gone to Texas --
The evolution of San Antonio --
The German towns of Texas --
The coastal ports --
The river ports --
The political towns --
The military towns --
The railroad towns --
The lumber towns --
The end of the dirt road frontier --
Part Three. The amenities of city life, 1900/1950 --
The rural to urban shift --
The Great Galveston Storm --
Spindletop and Beaumont --
The oil towns --
The elite rule of the cities --
The World War I era --
The entrancement of the city --
The Great Depression --
World War II --
The immediate postwar years --
Part Four. Great Texas cities, 1950/2012 --
Population and urban expansion --
Suburbs and subdivisions --
Segregation and integration --
The Hispanic identity --
John F. Kennedy and Dallas --
The Voting Rights Act and the cities --
Land transportation --
Airlines and airports --
Urban excellence in Texas --
Houston, a Renaissance city --
The infrastructure for excellence --
The city and the state : a conundrum.
Responsibility: by David G. McComb.

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"This book is the first history of cities in Texas, covering the earliest days of Spanish-Mexican towns, the Republic era to about 1940, and metropolitan Texas to the present. Not only is this book a first for Texas, but there seem to be no equivalent books for any other states, so the author has developed new concepts like 'the first road frontier' and the 'rupture' caused by the railroads. McComb emphasizes how railroads and related innovations such as the telegraph and the clock facilitated in urban development"--Provided by publisher.

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"Individuals interested in knowing more about the various pathways to modern Texas cities will find much worthy of exploration in McComb's new book. " * Texas Books in Review *

 
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