AfriGeneas States Research Forum
Re: [TX] Progress of a Race
In Response To: [TX] Guides to State History and Research Contents ()
Crogman, Progress of a Race ( 1920; reprint, 1969), contains nine brief biographies of Texans in a volume of national scope.
Histories of blacks in individual counties or urban areas include Delta Sigma Theta Sorority , A Pictorial History of Austin, Travis County, Texas' Black Community, 1839-1920 ( Austin, 1970); James Smallwood, A Century of Achievement: Blacks in Cooke County, Texas ( Gainesville, Tex., 1975); Walter F. Cotton , History of Negroes of Limestone County from 1860-1939 ( Mexia, Tex., 1939); Doris Hollis Pemberton, Juneteenthat Comanche Crossing ( Austin, 1983), which focuses on Limestone and surrounding counties; W. A. Redwine, Brief History of the Negro in Five Counties ( Tyler, Tex., 1901), reprinted in the Chronicles of Smith County,Texas 11 (Fall 1972), which primarily describes Smith and Rusk counties; and John Mason Brewer, An Historical Outline of the Negro in Travis County ( Austin, 1940). Because a full-scale history of slavery in Texas has not been written, it would be valuable to have a book that incorporated some of the approaches used in the general histories of American bondage by John Blassingame, David B. Davis, Eugene Genovese, and Kenneth Stampp. A good brief survey is James Smallwood, "Blacks in AntebellumTexas: A Reappraisal," Red River Valley Historical Review 2 (Winter 1975). Important collections of original materials on slavery are Ronnie C. Tyler and Lawrence R. Murphy, eds., The Slave Narratives of Texas ( Austin, 1974), and George P. Rawick, ed., The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography, 42 vols. (Westport, Conn., 1972-1979), which includes eleven volumes of accounts by Texas slaves.