The Robertsons, the Sutherlands, and the Making of Texas by Anne H. Sutherland

By Anne H. Sutherland

All Texans, or their ancestors, all started as whatever else. The households that got here the following molded the kingdom and have been molded by means of it. Anne H. Sutherland explores simply how the stories of 2 of the early Anglo land-grant households the Robertsons and the Sutherlands formed Texas occasions and the way they passed down these reports from one new release to a different, remodeling Scots-Irish households into what in hindsight we now have branded Anglo-Texans. the tale of those pioneering households, instructed via their letters, poems, diaries, and oral histories, embodies western growth and political upheaval. Settling in relevant and southeast Texas, those households struggled to construct a brand new Texas and make a existence for his or her kids. The Texas revolution and the Civil battle acted as catalysts for the emergence in their Texan identification. a different mixture of relatives and Texas historical past, Sutherland’s Made in Texas: A kinfolk story positions own tales as home windows of perception onto Texan identification. She peels again the layers of kinfolk culture and textbook background to teach how her forebears skilled the reworking occasions of the cost of Texas and its warfare for independence. As new generations emerged, each one contributed its personal anecdotes and old context from the period of time. via putting the households inside of Texas background, Sutherland successfully and innovatively lines identification from the early 19th century to at the present time. As settlers within the western barren region, the Robertsons, the Sutherlands, and others like them actively formed Texas, while they have been replaced themselves.

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Amazingly, given his family’s position in society, he was promptly convicted of murder, a sentence that was later changed to manslaughter. The family dictum on Sterling Robertson hinted that, because of his irascible disposition, he killed nine men during his lifetime. This first one, however, was his only conviction. At that time, Nashville had just built its first jail, and Sterling was one of the first citizens to be given a jail sentence. What’s more, he was ordered to have the letter M branded on the palm of one hand so that everyone would know he was a murderer.

It depicts heroes and antiheroes, humor and tragedy. It also recounts the importance of family ties in the creation of the Texas persona. In short, although it is in no way a full and accurate account, Texas History Movies tells the story of the Lone Star State always with an eye to creating or reflecting the Texas (Anglo) identity of the 1930s. That is precisely why I want to summarize it here. 4 It then chronicles the Spanish explorers, such as Coronado, who made a rich marriage and, using his wife’s money, went to the New World and claimed Texas for the king of Spain.

It is the hegemonic origin myth, but it is not an all-inclusive one. Consequently, during the 1986 sesquicentennial celebrations in Texas, when consciousness of the state’s image to the outside world was at a high, the pamphlet was purged of the worst biases and blatant errors of history. 16 Both assertions are probably correct. What interests me is that, although the cleaner version is certainly more palatable by today’s standards, as far as I can tell, it has not had much impact on Texans, primarily because it is no longer used in schools, where drier and more serious books on the Lone Star State have replaced Texas History Movies in the curriculum.

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