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American Civil War: Texas Topics

Areas that need additional research

Discovering Texas History, edited by historians Bruce A. Glasrud, Light Cummins, and Cary D. Wintz, examines books, articles, and dissertatiions dealing with Texas history since 1988.  Carl H. Moneyhon, professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, takes a look at "Civil War and Reconstruction in  Texas, 1861-1874" on pages 210-224.  Call number:  F386 .D57 2015 (currently in New Books).

According to Moneyhon, "As in the older histories, studies of nonmilitary war-related topics have continued to lag behind those of the military. . . . Politics, a staple of antebellum and post-bellum histories, remains largely unexplored. . . . Economic history has also been generally overlooked. . . . The war's meaning to local communities socially and economically remains a topic needing more attention. . . ."

If you are considering thesis topics, think about how you might be able to fill a critical gap in Texas Civil War historiography.