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The Resource The Galveston era : the Texas crescent on the eve of secession, by Earl Wesley Fornell ; woodcuts by Lowell Collins

The Galveston era : the Texas crescent on the eve of secession, by Earl Wesley Fornell ; woodcuts by Lowell Collins

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The Galveston era : the Texas crescent on the eve of secession
Title
The Galveston era
Title remainder
the Texas crescent on the eve of secession
Statement of responsibility
by Earl Wesley Fornell ; woodcuts by Lowell Collins
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The "Queen City" of Texas they called her or the "Octopus of the Gulf." Galveston from 1845 to 1860 was the center of culture in Texas or the monster with an economic strangle hold on all Texas trade. It was a city with wide paved streets, impressive buildings, and neat gardens; yet it was also a pestilence-ridden place where no sanitary code was ever enforced and where one in every two children died before reaching maturity. Its citizens, avid for culture and knowledge, attended concerts and plays in great numbers and exhibited an eager interest in science and history; yet they could not be brought to support the school system. Galveston was a city where no person in need was ever left uncared for, where the sick and needy strangers or friends were succoured; yet no free Negro was safe from legalized abduction and forced enslavement, and the city served as a center for the revived African slave trade. Earl Fornell makes the cosmopolitan, contradictory city of Galveston the focal point of his study of the Texas Gulf Coast on the eve of the Civil War. The years 1845-1860 were crucial for this area; during that period the economy became more and more dependent upon slave labor, and thus the stage was set for secession. Dr. Fornell describes the interrelated events, the decisions, and the conflicts that went into the development of Galveston and the Texas Gulf Coast during these years. He portrays the people and their way of life. He introduces us to some of the notables who helped to shape the destiny of Texas: Sam Houston, the old general; Lorenzo Sherwood, the golden-tongued propounder of radical economic doctrines; Willard Richardson, Hamilton Stuart, Ferdinand Flake, and Edward Cushing, the newspapermen whose writing both reflected and guided the thought of their fellow citizens; Arthur Lynn, the British consul whose observing and compassionate nature brought him onto the stage of Galveston history with striking frequency and whose voluminous letters provide a source for historical details; and William Ballinger, a minor player on the stage but one whose conscience and interests mirrored those of many other thoughtful Galvestonians. Always present, affecting and affected by virtually every aspect of life on the Coast, the slave-labor problem grew ever more acute as the expanding railroad system laid more and more of the land open for development
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IIB
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The Galveston era : the Texas crescent on the eve of secession, by Earl Wesley Fornell ; woodcuts by Lowell Collins
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-322) and index
Contents
The island city: An introduction -- Formal and informal institutions -- The social scene -- Editor-publisher politicians -- The railroads: Transportation for cotton -- The problem of slave labor -- Secession in Galveston
Control code
18633880
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 355 p.
Isbn
9780292727106
Note
  • Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased, 1997. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Forms part of: A. C. Greene Library. Gift of Meredith Greene Megaw, 2012 (Access. No. 2012-026)."First paperback printing, 1976". Paperbound.
Other physical details
ill., map
Label
The Galveston era : the Texas crescent on the eve of secession, by Earl Wesley Fornell ; woodcuts by Lowell Collins
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-322) and index
Contents
The island city: An introduction -- Formal and informal institutions -- The social scene -- Editor-publisher politicians -- The railroads: Transportation for cotton -- The problem of slave labor -- Secession in Galveston
Control code
18633880
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 355 p.
Isbn
9780292727106
Note
  • Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased, 1997. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Forms part of: A. C. Greene Library. Gift of Meredith Greene Megaw, 2012 (Access. No. 2012-026)."First paperback printing, 1976". Paperbound.
Other physical details
ill., map

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