The Texas Book: Profiles, History, and Reminiscences of the University

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University of Texas Press, 01.11.2006 - 256 Seiten

As the University of Texas at Austin celebrates its 125th anniversary, it can justly claim to be a "university of the first class," as mandated in the Texas Constitution. The university's faculty and student body include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur "genius award," and Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships, as well as members of learned societies all over the world. UT's athletic programs are said to be the best overall in the United States, and its libraries, museums, and archives are lauded in every educated part of the world. Texas alumni have made their marks in law, engineering, geology, business, journalism, and all fields of the sciences, arts, and entertainment.

The Texas Book gathers together personality profiles, historical essays, and first-person reminiscences to create an informal, highly readable history of UT. Many fascinating characters appear in these pages, including visionary president and Ransom Center founder Harry Huntt Ransom, contrarian English professor and Texas folklorist J. Frank Dobie, legendary regent and lightning rod Frank C. Erwin, and founder of the field of Mexican American Studies, Américo Paredes. The historical pieces recall some of the most dramatic and challenging episodes in the university's history, including recurring attacks on the school by politicians and regents, the institution's history of segregation and struggles to become a truly diverse university, the sixties' protest movements, and the Tower sniper shooting. Rounding off the collection are reminiscences by former and current students and faculty, including Walter Prescott Webb, Willie Morris, Betty Sue Flowers, J. M. Coetzee, and Barbara Jordan, who capture the spirit of the campus at moments in time that defined their eras.

 

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An exceedingly fine collection of essays about people, places, events associated with The University of Texas at Austin, with an emphasis on strong literary content. An informal history based on these major points. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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A Reappraisal Don Graham
11
The Woman Who Ran Ransoms University Harold Billings
21
Some Blues for a Trio Chad Oliver
35
A Particular Friend of Shakespeares William Hauptman
41
Tribute to Richard T Fleming at Memorial Services March 16 1973 Joe B Frantz
45
Thirteen Ways of Looking at Chairman Frank Richard A Holland
53
Américo Paredes and Rancho UT Austin José Limón
73
The Week James Michener Died James Magnuson
79
The University Interscholastic League and the Integration of Texas High School Athletics Bobby Hawthorne
159
The View from the Tower John Schwartz
173
Desegregation Affirmative Action and the TenPercent Law Douglas Laycock
177
REMINISCENCES
193
The University Years Meade F Griffin
195
The Search for William E Hinds Walter Prescott Webb
201
From Mississippi to Texas and Back Willie Morris
211
Interviews with Texas Ranger Editors Frank Stack and Pat Brown Richard A Holland
223

HISTORY
83
George W Brackenridge George W Littlefield and the Shadow of the Past Richard A Holland
85
A Requiem for B Hall David Dettmer
105
The Heroic Decades Lawrence Speck
125
Blacks Challenge the White University Michael L Gillette
139
Harry Ransoms Acquisition of the T E Hanley Collection Richard W Oram
153
The Times They Were A Changin Betty Sue Flowers
231
Remembering Texas JM Coetzee
237
The Last Bastion Julius Whittier
241
Two Speeches Barbara Jordan
249
Acknowledgments
255

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Richard A. Holland was a bibliographer in the University of Texas General Libraries for sixteen years and also the founding curator of the Southwestern Writers Collection at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University–San Marcos. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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