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Audio-Visual Materials

Items such as videos, audio recordings, podcasts, interactive materials and websites, etc. which are available online and in formats such as DVD and VHS.

The Evolution of Early "Six Shooter" Technology

This clip is part of the Texas Talks with the State Historian of Texas Bill O'Neal titled Gunslingers in Texas. The Evolution of Early "Six Shooter" Technology O'Neal discusses the weaponry during the Mexican War with the 6 shooter pistols. The US military using these guns had more firepower than anyone in the world and demonstrated that in the conflict. O'Neal discusses the 1851 Navy Colt and the 1858 Remington 44 caliber, which were two of the most popular Civil War guns. He also discusses the 1871 Colt revolver 6 shooter and the fast-draw scenarios that developed thereafter.

In a life of firsts, Barbara Jordan won a lasting legacy

This is an article that includes a report and video published by the Houston Chronicle Newspaper on Tuesday June 7, 2016 on the legacy of Barbara Jordan. The video depicts live footage of Barbara Jordan speaking at the 1976 Democratic National Convention in Madison Square Garden. She was the first African American woman to deliver a keynote address at a major party convention.

Slave Narratives Audio Records

Listen as the accounts of 7 former slaves are brought to life through the voices of talented local actors. These recordings make up just a portion of the full stories recalled by James Grumbles, Marry Anne Patterson, Rosina Hoard, Sallie Johnson, Sallie Wroe, Sam Mason, and William Owens. Today their full recollections and those of 63 other former slaves from Austin and Travis County can be found at the Austin History Center. The stories were collected by Alfred E. Menn in 1937 as part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration.

Famous Gunfighters and Feuds

This video clip is part of the Texas Talks with the State Historian of Texas Bill O'Neal titled: Gunslingers in Texas. Famous Gunfighters and Feuds O'Neal discusses the 590 gunfights he studied, which produced 408 fatalities, so 7/10 resulted in fatalities. He then rates the gunfighters based on the number of fights and fatalities and wounded. The top 15, most of the top 10, spent most of their careers in Texas. There were more blood feuds in Texas than any other area.

Pioneering Principles : Why Character Matters - A History Class from the Texas General Land Office

This is an educational video featuring George P. Bush from the Texas General Land Office. This is an interactive video-lesson that lasts 30 minutes. Teachers are encouraged to distribute copies of the primary resources used throughout the lesson to their students. A printable PDF of primary resources and an activity worksheet to be completed prior to the lesson can be downloaded here: http://www.txglo.org/education. In the early 1800s, the opportunity to own inexpensive, abundant land in pre-Republic Texas was a powerful incentive for many Americans to pack up and set out for Stephen F.

Texas Talks with the State Historian of Texas Bill O'Neal: Conclusion

This video clip is part of the Texas Talks with the State Historian of Texas Bill O'Neal titled: Gunslingers in Texas. Conclusion O'Neal describes an East Texas incident where a doctor took a wounded sheriff and cleaned his gunshot wound with a silk handkerchief soaked in whiskey. O'Neal then leaves the audience with a humorous gunslinger's reincarnation poem.

More Famous Gunfights and Locations

This video clip is part of the Texas Talks with the State Historian of Texas Bill O'Neal titled: Gunslingers in Texas. More Famous Gunfights and Locations O'Neal discusses the fights in Lampassas, which resulted in the only time four policemen were killed in a gunfight. He also discusses episodes in Fort Worth, El Paso, Austin, and Waco (called Six-Shooter Junction) as a trail town. He also discusses the Red Light Districts and the gunfights and women in those towns.

The Evolution of Firearm Combat from Horseback

This video clip is part of the Texas Talks with the State Historian of Texas Bill O'Neal titled Gunslingers in Texas. The Evolution of Firearm Combat from Horseback In this portion of the talk, O'Neal discusses the evolution of firearm combat from horseback. O'Neal discusses James Bowie and other knife fighters, as well as Comanche attacks in Texas from horseback with efficient bows. Comanches could stay out of musket range, which is only about a 50 yard range. Once muskets were fired, the Comanches could evade them. Samuel Colt transforms this experience with his gun.

Introduction to the Tavern Stage of Texas Gunfights

This video clip is part of the Texas Talks with State Historian of Texas Bill O'Neal titled: Gunslingers in Texas. Introduction to the Tavern Stage of Texas Gunfights Bill O'Neal wrote the Encyclopedia of Gunfighters in the likeness of the Encyclopedia of Baseball. This encyclopedia—a who’s who of the gun fighting West-provides a compilation of facts, sifted myths, folklore, and outright lies, about the lives and deaths of 255 men, both the famous and the all but forgotten.
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