Stephen F. Austin, empresario of Texas /
Gregg Cantrell.
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, c1999.
xiv, 493 p. : ill., maps.
0300076835 (alk. paper)
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New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, c1999.
0300076835 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1999-08:
Cantrell (history, Hardin-Simmons Univ.) has written the first major biography of Austin, the "Father of Texas," since Eugene C. Barker's Life of Stephen F. Austin (1925). Unlike his predecessor, who gave readers a sterile rendering of Austin, Cantrell seeks to understand this complex individual. The result is a biography in the truest sense as it follows Austin from his childhood to his death. Cantrell examines Austin in the context of his time and place but does not get distracted by the multiplicity of events surrounding the subject of his research. Cantrell's prose is lively and engaging, but ever the historian, he makes excellent use of primary sources in the United States and Mexico. While not all may agree with the conclusions Cantrell draws, e.g., that Austin offered lukewarm support to slavery, this remains a compelling and engaging account that will appeal both to the lay reader and scholar. Highly recommended.ÄDaniel D. Liestman, Kansas State Univ. Lib., Manhattan (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2000-01-01:
Stephen F. Austin has been revered as the Father of Texas, a man who labored assiduously and selflessly from 1821 until his death in 1836 to promote the settlement of Mexican Texas by Anglo-Americans. When it no longer seemed viable for Texas to remain within the political sphere of Mexico, Austin worked to create the Republic of Texas. Cantrell's biography modifies the adulation of Austin without diminishing his significance. Cantrell reveals a complex person who represented many of the characteristics of Jacksonian Americans: ambition, idealism, materialism, racism, and ethnocentrism. He also demonstrates that Austin, who was well educated and politically skillful, does not fit the stereotype of the crude and unlettered frontiersman. This book makes an important contribution to biography, to Texas history, and to the history of the American West. It should stand as the definitive biography of Austin, clearly superseding Eugene C. Barker's The Life of Stephen F. Austin (1925). Explanatory endnotes and an extensive bibliography enhance the value of this well-written and informative book. Upper-division undergraduates and above. L. B. Gimelli; Eastern Michigan University
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Stephen F. Austin, the Father of Texas, has long been enshrined as an authentic American hero. This biography brings his private life, motives, personality and character into sharp focus.
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Known as a daring pioneer & the "Father of Texas," Stephen F. Austin has nevertheless remained an enigmatic hero. This prize-winning book is the first major biography of Austin in more than seventy years, at last bringing into sharp focus his private life, motives, personality, character, & skills he employed as a central player in events leading to the Texas Revolution & the establishment of the Lone Star Republic.
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Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas, " has long been enshrined in the public imagination as an authentic American hero, but one who was colorless and rather remote. This book, the first major biography in more than 70 years, brings Austin's private life, motives, personality, and character into sharp focus. 37 illustrations.
Table of Contents
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Introductionp. 1
A Foundation for Greatness, 1793-1810p. 15
Successes and Failures, 1810-1818p. 43
New Beginnings, 1819-1820p. 63
Texas, 1820-1821p. 80
Mexico, 1821-1823p. 104
Empresario Estevan F. Austin, 1823-1825p. 132
Staying the Course, 1825-1827p. 171
Crises, Personal and Political, 1828-1830p. 202
We Will Be Happy, 1830-1831p. 222
The Call of Duty, 1832-1833p. 247
Prison, 1833-1834p. 267
War Is Our Only Resource, 1835p. 297
The Road to Independence, 1835-1836p. 329
Home, 1836p. 348
Epilogue. The Father of Texas: Stephen F. Austin in Retrospectp. 365
Appendixp. 381
Notesp. 385
An Essay on Sourcesp. 463
Indexp. 479
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