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Podcast: Renowned expert Jeff Dunn discusses the Texas Revolution and the battles that took place during March and April of 1836. Where did these battles take place? How did these battles unfold? And most importantly, how did they turn out? Featured paintings are by noted Texas artists Charles Shaw, Lee Jamison, and Lajos Marcos.
Podcast: What are some of the differences between a democracy and a dictatorship? How did these ideas influence the development of our country? Of Texas? Dr. Susannah Ural discusses these forms of government with your host, Ed Blackburn.
Podcast: Sam Houston was a man known for making decisions based upon strong principles. He was severely criticized for being unwilling to compromise those principles, but standing up to peer pressure and doing the right thing served him well in the long run.
It is a simple question: Why do we care about Sam Houston today? This is a collection of answers that many of our subject matter experts gave. (Sam Houston IV, Dr. Mike Campbell, Dr. Frank de la Teja, Sen. John Cornyn, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Dr. Gregg Cantrell, James Haley, and Gov. Rick Perry)
Dr. Mike Campbell comments on Houstons orders with respect to the Alamo, and James Haley discusses Houstons battle strategy during the Texas Armys long retreat during the Runaway Scrape.
Dr. Campbell and James Haley discuss Houstons decision to spare Santa Annas life after San Jacinto and comment on his character and temperament.
Dr. Frank de la Teja explains the tensions in newly independent Mexico and the subsequent causes of political unrest in Texas. The clips conclude with a personal reflection of Gov. Ann Richards.
Sen. Hutchison, Dr. Cantrell, Dr. de la Teja, and Gov. Richards comment on the settlement of early Texas with respect to Stephen F. Austin and the empressario system, the political situation in Mexico and increasing tensions in Texas, and the Tejano participation in the Texas Revolution.
Showcasing films from 1900 to 2002, the Texas Film Sampler offers a curated overview designed to illustrate the eclectic nature of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) collection.These materials underscore TAMI’s goal in championing the value of regional voices in constructing Texas history. Additionally, this selection illustrates the serious need for greater attention to the care and management...
This collection features footage of Speakers of the Texas House of Representatives from the 1940s to 1960s.
In conjunction with the Rio Grande Institute, the Texas Archive of the Moving Image presents the first step towards an online list of feature films depicting the US-Mexico frontier. This project lays the groundwork for further work on identifying, preserving and creating greater access to moving images dealing with the unique borderland along the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo river boundary. The filmography supplements and...
This curated collection features films created by itinerant filmmakers. Throughout the twentieth century, so-called itinerant filmmakers traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, visited smaller cities, and made a business out of the creation of local stars. These town booster or home talent films featured community landmarks, businesses and, most importantly, local...
This Vietnam War film sampler was inspired by the collection of Austinite Marcellus Hartman, who captured hundreds of films of soldiers and Vietnamese civilians around the Camp Evans military base, while he served as a military records clerk. Hartman’s amateur films provides a moving image history of the first “television war” different of that found in Hollywood features and documentaries. This curated...
This lesson features a curated film collection of President Lyndon Baines Johnson in Texas. The collection showcases films taken at both of the President's homes, before and during the Johnson presidency, to explore the construction of political identity through the spaces in which it was lived.
As a collection, films from Austin television stations provide insight into local television history while providing a unique case study of how television was made from 1952 to 1969. Piecing together a history of Austin television are films from the collections of Carolyn Jackson, Neal Spelce, Wally Pryor, and Gordon Wilkison. Although still far from complete, this collection provides a unique look into...
Under the stewardship of Johnson, southern whites held constitutional conventions throughout 1865, drafting new constitutions that outlawed slavery but changed little else. When the Republican-dominated U.S. Congress reassembled late in 1865, they put a stop to the leniency and inaugurated Radical (or Congressional) Reconstruction, a process that resulted in the immediate passage of the Civil Rights bill and the...
The passage of the first Reconstruction Act by Congressional Republicans radically altered the direction of Reconstruction. The Act invalidated the reconstituted Southern legislatures, establishing five military districts in the South and insisting upon black suffrage as a condition to readmission. The eventful year 1868 saw the impeachment of one president (Andrew Johnson) and the election of another (Ulysses S....
The Turning point in the Civil War was the re-election of Abraham Lincoln in 1864. Although the concerted efforts of northern Peace Democrats and a palpable war weariness among the electorate made Lincolns victory uncertain, timely Union victories in Atlanta and Mobile in September of 1864 secured Lincolns re-election in November. This lecture concludes Professor Blights section on the war, following Lee and Grant...
Professor Blight offers a number of approaches to the question of southern distinctiveness. The lecture offers a survey of that manner in which commentators--American, foreign, northern, and southern--have sought to make sense of the nature of southern society and southern history. The lecture analyzes the society and culture of the Old South, with special emphasis on the aspects of southern life that made the...
Student-made video recapping the events of the Texas Revoltion
Movie made by young students reviewing the events leading to the Texas Revolution.
student-made video describing reasons for exploration
Video clip about buffalo soldiers
Professor Blight lectures on southern slavery. He makes a case for viewing the U.S. South as one of the five true slave societies in world history. He discusses the internal slave trade that moved thousands of slaves from the eastern seaboard to the cotton states of the Southwest between 1820 and 1860. Professor Blight then sketches the contents of the pro-slavery argument, including its biblical, historical,...
Feel the wrath of Mother Nature with the Wild Texas Weather documentary. A gale-force, immersive theater presentation, this movie is packed so tight with energy, audiences will be blown right out of their seats. Film has an accompanying curriculum guide that is available at http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/education/pdfs/WTW%20education%20guide.pdf.
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