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Books, Guides, or Other Materials

Print materials such as fiction, non-fiction, curriculum guides, and other media intended to broaden the knowledge of educators or students.

Gus Garcia

This Featured Collections page from the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights documents and oral histories that explore the life of Gustavo "Gus" Garcia, a civil rights lawyer in Houston who represented Hispanic Americans in several landmark cases.

Texas in the Civil War: Stories of Sacrifice, Valor and Hope

The United States was rife with conflict and controversy in the years leading to the Civil War. Perhaps nowhere was the struggle more complex than in Texas. Some Texans supported the Union, but were concerned about political attacks on Southern institutions. Texas had been part of the United States just 15 years when secessionists prevailed in a statewide election. Texas formally seceded on March 2, 1861 to become the seventh state in the new Confederacy. Gov. Sam Houston was against secession, and struggled with loyalties to both his nation and his adopted state.

The Chisholm Trail

In the decades following the Civil War, more than six million cattle were herded out of Texas in one of the greatest migrations of animals ever known. These 19th-century cattle drives laid the foundation for Texas's wildly successful cattle industry and helped elevate the state out of post-Civil War despair and poverty. Today, our search for an American identity continually leads us back to the vision of rugged and independent men and women of the cattle drive era.

Red River War of 1874-1875

Battles Lost, Battles Found: The Red River War Battle Sites Project. During the 1870s, an epic struggle for control of the Southern Plains pitted Native Americans against the U.S. Army. For almost two centuries, Europeans and Euro Americans had interacted with bands of Comanche, Kiowa, Southern Cheyenne, and Arapaho. Some relations were mutually beneficial, as those involving trade. But violent conflicts intensified as more and more whites moved westward into native territory in the early 1800s.