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‘Texas Blood’ Explores History Of The Borderlands Through One Ranching Family

Posted on · In his book, Texas Blood, journalist Roger D. Hodge explores the history of the Texas borderlands through the lens of seven generations of his own ranching ancestry and illuminates the brutal history of colonization, conquest, and genocide that dominated the West for centuries.

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Houston Matters Weekend for October 22, 2016

Posted on · The NFL is working to curb domestic violence by partnering with an organization called A Call to Men, which teaches “healthy, respectful manhood.” The group’s CEO, Tony Porter, and Troy Vincent, a former NFL player and the league’s executive vice president, are in town to talk about the program. On this edition of Houston Matters […]

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Texas History: How Texas Found Itself in a Revolution

Posted on · This coming Wednesday (March 2, 2016) is the 180th anniversary of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico in 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos. San Jacinto College history professor Eddie Weller tells us how the Lone Star State got to that point in the first place — and some things you might not have known about […]

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Book Tells the Stories of Early German Settlers in Texas

Posted on · Life in early Texas wasn’t easy, but you’d never know it from reading accounts of early German settlers. Dr. James Kearney studies and teaches Germanic literature at the University of Texas at Austin. He recently edited a book called Journey to Texas, 1833, written by a German émigré to Texas named Detlef Dunt, which became […]

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Texas Rising: How Badly Does the Series Mangle State’s History? Does it Matter?

Posted on · Earlier this month, the History Channel wrapped up Texas Rising, a 10-hour miniseries based on the Texas Revolution against Mexico. Stephen Harrigan is a writer at large for Texas Monthly. He’s been chronicling his thoughts about the miniseries for the publication. He spoke with Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin before the series finale about the historical […]