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Lone Stars and State Gazettes : Texas Newspapers Before the Civil War - Marilyn McAdams Sibley

Lone Stars and State Gazettes

Texas Newspapers Before the Civil War

Paperback Published: 1st December 1983
ISBN: 9781585440221
Number Of Pages: 432

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Uncommon men spread the uncommon news of Texas. From the time a press first reached Texas in 1813 until the Civil War, some four hundred newspapers appeared to chronicle the development of a nation, then a state. Most were propaganda or special-purpose sheets that allowed their owners to support or oppose the day’s leading figures–including Mirabeau B. Lamar and Sam Houston–or causes–the Texan Revolution, annexation, Know-Nothingism, secession. A few papers brought the higher standards of journalism to Texas and preserve, through their reports and comments, much of the history they also influenced.

Gail Borden, founder of the milk company, reported on the war and independence. Adolph Douai, a German immigrant, editorialized against slavery and had to flee the state. Legs Lewis, a swashbuckling printer, helped found the King Ranch. A single editor precipitated the formal organization of the Democratic party in Texas.

An annotated checklist of Texas papers from annexation to the Civil War makes this an invaluable reference work for scholars, while the drama of the subject and the lively style make it an enthralling tale for not only Texas journalists but also all those interested in Texas history.

Industry Reviews

"Never before has any scholar attempted to catalogue and summarize the early development of journalism in the Lone Star State. Now Professor Marilyn McAdams Sibley has done it in a splendid fashion. . . . It is an excellent reference work and should be on the bookshelf of anyone interested in Texas history."--Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Of Press and Printersp. 3
Gaceta de Texasp. 15
More False Startsp. 28
The Permanent Press: Great Big Cottenp. 43
The Revolutionary Press: The Unsinkable Telegraph and Texas Registerp. 65
Presidents, Politics, and Public Printingp. 85
Westward the Pressp. 111
Eastward the Press--and Northwardp. 141
The Old Lady by the Seap. 160
"Died . . . a Nation"p. 178
To the Rio Grandep. 197
Beyond the Coloradop. 208
More People, More Papersp. 218
Zeitungen und Unionp. 227
Of Press and Party: Whigsp. 238
The Invincible Samp. 247
Democrats of Varied Faithsp. 260
The Mystic Redp. 276
Closing the Erap. 290
A Checklist of Texas Newspapers from Annexation to the Civil Warp. 301
Bibliographyp. 379
Indexp. 393
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ISBN: 9781585440221
ISBN-10: 1585440221
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st December 1983
Publisher: TEXAS A & M UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.04 x 15.44  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.7