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Jose Antonio Navarro: In Search of the American Dream in Nineteenth-Century Texas (Hardback)
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Jose Antonio Navarro: In Search of the American Dream in Nineteenth-Century Texas (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 30/05/2010
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The first biography to appear in more than a generation on the most influential Tejano leader of the nineteenth century, `Jose Antonio Navarro: In Search of the American Dream in Nineteenth-Century Texas' fills one of the most glaring gaps in the current historical literature on Texas. The product of a lifetime of research by author David McDonald, this volume is sure to stand as the definitive treatment of Navarro's life for decades to come. McDonald corrects many long-standing misconceptions concerning Navarro and fleshes out the details of his life in a way no author has done before. Born in San Antonio in 1795, Jose Antonio Navarro lived through a tumultuous era in Texas history that saw the transitions of Texas from a Spanish colony to a Mexican state, an independent republic, an American state, a Confederate state, and an American state once again. More than just bearing witness to these events, however, Jose Antonio Navarro helped shape them. He served in the legislatures of Coahuila y Texas, the Republic of Texas, and the state of Texas. He was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and a steadfast defender of the rights of all Tejanos and people of Mexican descent in Texas, ensuring at both the 1836 Consultation that created the Texas Republic and the 1845 drafting of the state constitution after annexation that political rights would not be restricted solely to those with white skin and pure European ancestry. `Jose Antonio Navarro: In Search of the American Dream in Nineteenth-Century Texas' is more than just a political biography; it is a story of the American Dream. Navarro and his family worked hard to improve their lives on the Texas frontier, starting with his father, an immigrant from the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Navarro was not only an influential politician, but a successful businessman and rancher. This pattern of improvement continued into the next generation of the family when Navarro's son Angel entered Harvard College to study law. Jose Antonio Navarro was also an early friend of Stephen F. Austin, sharing a vision of Texas with the famed empresario in which both Tejanos and Anglos could thrive. Navarro believed that Texas was a place where peoples of all colours and backgrounds should be able to realise the American Dream.

Publisher: Texas State Historical Association,U.S.
ISBN: 9780876112434
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 617 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


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"David McDonald does an admirable job of rescuing Navarro from the obscure stereotype he has become for modern Texans, who often know him only as the token Tejano silently present at important events. Instead, Navarro comes to life as an active shaper of the world in which he lives, fighting to protect and promote his family, his community, and all Tejanos. This book should be read by all who wish to understand the true history of Texas."--Richard B. McCaslin, University of North Texas


"David McDonald does an admirable job of rescuing Navarro from the obscure stereotype he has become for modern Texans, who often know him only as the token Tejano silently present at important events. Instead, Navarro comes to life as an active shaper of the world in which he lives, fighting to protect and promote his family, his community, and all Tejanos. This book should be read by all who wish to understand the true history of Texas."--Richard B. McCaslin, University of North Texas--Richard B. McCaslin

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