HIS 320R • Texas, 1914 - Present
This course will proceed chronologically, and then, topically to introduce students to the political, cultural, economic, and social history of Texas in the twentieth century. As such, students will learn about politics in Texas and how changes in Texas politics influenced and were influenced by the national scene and the South, in particular. Students will learn about economic developments in Texas emphasizing the petrochemical industry and agriculture. In addition, students will learn about the influence of class, race, and gender in these developments and about significant cultural developments including religion and music.
This is a lecture and discussion class. Every two weeks, the class will be divided for discussion of assigned readings and lectures. Students are expected to be prepared for class discussion. Course grades will be based on participation in class discussion and on four tests. Tests will be, primarily, essay questions with some multiple choice questions.
Students will be required to read four recent monographs and the articles in a course packet. The assigned texts are: Revolution in Texas: How a Forgotten Rebellion and its Bloody Suppression Turned Mexicans into Americans by Benjamin Johnson. Yale Univeristy Press, 2003. Creating the New Woman: The Rise of Southern Women's Progressive Culture in Texas, 1893-1918 by Judith McArthur. University of Illinois Press, 1998. White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001 by Michael Phillips. University of Texas Press, 2006. Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town by Nate Blakeslee. Perseus Books, 2005.