♥ Book Title : Big Thicket Legacy
☯ Full Synopsis : "The nearly impassable, primeval forest which westward-moving pioneers encountered in southeast Texas became known as the Big Thicket. A few families probed their way to the heart of the Thicket, established isolated homesteads, and came to terms with the wilderness. In Big Thicket Legacy, Campbell and Lynn Loughmiller present the stories of the Big Thicket people in their own words. At the time these stories were recorded, many of the storytellers were close to one hundred years old, with some being the great-grandchildren of the first settlers. These people loved the Big Thicket and derived daily enjoyment from it. Here are stories about robbing a bee tree, hunting wild boar, plowing all day and dancing all night, wading five miles to church through a cypress brake, and making soap using hickory ashes. The people who shared these stories may be gone now, but their legacy remains. Now a new generation of those interested in folklore, Texas, natural history, and the relationship of people to their environment can enjoy their experiences in this reprint of a classic book."Article| Campbell Loughmiller| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Big Thicket People
☯ Full Synopsis : "Living off the land—hunting, fishing, and farming, along with a range of specialized crafts that provided barter or cash income—was a way of life that persisted well into the twentieth century in the Big Thicket of southeast Texas. Before this way of life ended with World War II, professional photographer Larry Jene Fisher spent a decade between the 1930s and 1940s photographing Big Thicket people living and working in the old ways. His photographs, the only known collection on this subject, constitute an irreplaceable record of lifeways that first took root in the southeastern woodlands of the colonial United States and eventually spread all across the Southern frontier. Big Thicket People presents Fisher's photographs in suites that document a wide slice of Big Thicket life-people, dogs, camps, deer hunts, farming, syrup mills, rooter hogs and stock raising, railroad tie making, barrel stave making, chimney building, peckerwood sawmills, logging, turpentining, town life, church services and picnics, funerals and golden weddings, and dances and other amusements. Accompanying each suite of images is a cultural essay by Thad Sitton, who also introduces the book with a historical overview of life in the Big Thicket. C. E. Hunt provides an informative biography of Larry Jene Fisher."Article| Thad Sitton| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Big Thicket National Preserve
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♥ Book Title : In the Big Thicket
☯ Full Synopsis : "In the Big Thicket, the unknown makes profound intrusions into what we call "reality." There are wonders in this region of East Texas and in Southwestern Louisiana "ghost lights," phantom Indians, howling ape-like "wild men," and fireballs that streak through the nighttime skies that defy both our common sense notions of space-time and all attempts at scientific explanation. So come along, if you dare, for a trek in this forest primeval. You'll emerge with a heightened sense of wonder and a deeper appreciation of the subtle links between the mysteries of nature and the human mind.""Article| Rob Riggs| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Saving the Big Thicket
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Big Thicket of East Texas, which at one time covered over two million acres, served as a barrier to civilizations throughout most of historic times. This text is a classic account of the region's history and a play-by-play narrative of the prolonged fight for the Big Thicket Preserve."Article| James Cozine| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Nameless Towns
☯ Full Synopsis : "Sawmill communities were once the thriving centers of East Texas life. Many sprang up almost overnight in a pine forest clearing, and many disappeared just as quickly after the company "cut out" its last trees. But during their heyday, these company towns made Texas the nation's third-largest lumber producer and created a colorful way of life that lingers in the memories of the remaining former residents and their children and grandchildren. Drawing on oral history, company records, and other archival sources, Sitton and Conrad recreate the lifeways of the sawmill communities. They describe the companies that ran the mills and the different kinds of jobs involved in logging and milling. They depict the usually rough-hewn towns, with their central mill, unpainted houses, company store, and schools, churches, and community centers. And they characterize the lives of the people, from the hard, awesomely dangerous mill work to the dances, picnics, and other recreations that offered welcome diversions."Article| Thad Sitton| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Exploring the Edges of Texas
☯ Full Synopsis : "The ultimate road trip, celebrating the remarkable history, natural history and diversity of the Lone Star State.~Robert McCracken Peck, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia."Article| Walt Davis| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Texas Legacy Project
☯ Full Synopsis : "A city dweller’s vacant lot . . . A rancher's back forty . . . A hiker's favorite park . . . When the places that we love are threatened, we can be stirred to action. In Texas, people of all stripes and backgrounds have fought hard to safeguard the places they hold dear. To find and preserve these stories of courage and perseverance, the Conservation History Association of Texas launched the Texas Legacy Project in 1998, traveling thousands of miles to conduct hundreds of interviews with people from all over the state. These remarkable oral histories now reside in an incomparable online and physical archive of video, audio, text, and other materials that record these extraordinary efforts by veteran conservationists and ordinary citizens to preserve the natural legacy of Texas. This book holds stories from more than sixty people who represent a variety of causes, communities, and walks of life—from a West Texas grocer fighting nuclear waste to an Austin lobbyist pressing for green energy. Each speaks from the heart in personal reminiscences and first-hand accounts of battles fought for land and wildlife, for public health, and for a voice in media and politics. These impassioned accounts remind us of the importance of protecting and conserving the natural resources in our own backyards . . . wherever they may be. Records of the archive are available at the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. Five dollars of the cost of this book goes to environmentally friendly materials and processes."Article| David A. Todd| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Thicket
☯ Full Synopsis : "Acclaimed author Joe Lansdale's landmark tale of love and vengeance at the dark dawn of the East Texas oil boom. Jack Parker knows all too well how treacherous life can be. His parents did not survive a smallpox epidemic. His grandfather was murdered. Now his sister Lula has been kidnapped by a bank robber. Alongside bounty hunter Shorty, an eloquent dwarf with a chip on his shoulder, and Eustace, the grave-digging son of an ex-slave, Jack sets off to rescue Lula. In turn-of-the-century Texas, that quest is likely to turn dangerous. Murderous outlaws find their homes in the remote wilderness. Oil wells spurt liquid money from the ground. And blood and redemption still rule supreme."Article| Joe R. Lansdale| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Land of Bears and Honey
☯ Full Synopsis : "The story of the land, wildlife, and ecology of East Texas."Article| Joe C. Truett| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Guevara Legacy
☯ Full Synopsis : "Provocative fast-paced action story chronicles the confrontation and checkmate of American world power by an Alliance of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Islamic Republics put together by the brilliant new President of Iran, Saladin al Hassan. The powerful but mysterious Compañía del Mundo (CdelM) helps Saladin and the Alliance finesse their objectives. Leading the action for CdelM, Ben and his beautiful wife Elena Garcia Sandoval, heirs apparent of Guevara's legacy, experience the highest levels of international politics, terrorism, intrigue, ambition, revenge, family tragedy and love."Article| J. Choate Parker| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Texas Depression-era Desperadoes
☯ Full Synopsis : "The lives of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow started in Texas, but their stories have become legend across the country. They, along with a band of other ne'er-do-wells from other Texas towns, grew to national infamy during the Great Depression. West Dallas's Ralph Fults smuggled hacksaw blades into jail to break out Raymond Hamilton. In Galveston, the Downtown Gang, Beach Gang, Maceo brothers and others hustled and smuggled liquor for their speakeasy casinos. In 1940, bank robber and Texas Public Enemy Number One Red Goleman led authorities on a wild chase through Texas's Big Thicket. But behind the headlines lived real people and a Texas legacy. Author Bartee Haile weaves the stories of the well-known Barrow Gang, along with other notorious criminals of the day, together with their Texas roots.."Article| Bartee Haile| Statement ..."