Legends of Texas' Heroic Age

1st ed., 108 pages, $11.95
ISBN 978-0-89641-143-2

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This book contains a chronological and historical collection of legends of early Texas, and follows Texas' beginning, its settlement, and its final struggle to freedom as an independent republic. Texas legends begin with Spanish exploration and colonization, which lasted almost three hundred years. Ironically, in the saga as Texas now see's it, that time is only an introduction. The legends of Texas' heroic age are the stories of the Anglos, who eventually populated and dominated the entire state. The time of their great struggle and their great winning was less than two decades long, Their battles of brief duration. The happenings of that brief heroic age of conquest, however, have lived on in Texas legends, and they've given the land a richness that has extended far beyond their own historic time.


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Spanish Legends of Early Texas

Chapter 3: The Filibusters

Chapter 4: The First Anglo Settlers

Chapter 5: Prelude to Revolution

Chapter 6: The Dark of the Night

Chapter 7: San Jacinto: The Last Act


Suggestions for Further Reading


Francis Edward Abernethy is currently Professor of English at Stephen F. Austin State University.  He has also held teaching positions at Lamar State University, Louisiana State University, and Woodville (Texas) High School, where he began his teaching career in 1951.  He received his B.A. from Stepen F. Austin State College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Louisiana State Uiversity.  His honors and awards include grants for research from Lamar and Stephen F. Austin State Universities; Outstanding Professor Award, 1969-70, Distinguished Professor Award, 1970; Stephen F. Austin Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award, 1979; and Mr. East Texas, 1982.  Dr. Abernethy was listed among major East Texas writers by the Texas committee for the Humanities, 1979 and is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, American Folk Society, and the Texas Folklore Society, of which he is currently Executive Secretary.