BIG COUNTRY by Donald Day


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Again in the American Folkways series, here is that state of mind- Texas, largely in terms of her history and the main material motives of its development,- cattle, cotton, oil. In this -- it is perhaps a less generally inclusive and informal type of book than its predecessors. Here, from the days of the Comanche, conquistador and Jesuit, is Texas, in all its bigness, in all its independence. Her cattle history, longhorns and sheep; her topography, railroading, cotton and the Negro who worked the fields; water; the regions, from piney woods to cities (Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Corpus Christi, etc.); doodlebugs and bubbles. More briefly, her culture, such as it is (Dallas gets the breaks from the literary angle), her politics... A vigorous job on a vigorous state- but more specifically for that region's readers than for the general public.

Pub Date: June 11th, 1947
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce