Stephen F. Austin - Cantrell, Gregg - Yale University Press

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The Lamar Series in Western History

Published in cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University 

Stephen F. Austin

Empresario of Texas

  • Gregg Cantrell
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Winner of the 1999 Miss Ima Hogg Historical Achievement Award for Outstanding Research on a Texas History Topic, awarded by the Center for American History, University of Texas.

Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas," has long been enshrined in the public imagination as an authentic American hero, but one who was colorless and rather remote. This book, the first major biography in more than seventy years, brings Austinís private life, motives, personality, and character into sharp focus, revealing a driven man who successfully mixed effort and cunning, idealism and pragmatism to build an illustrious career.

Gregg Cantrell traces Austinís early life from his privileged boyhood as the son of the Missouri mining baron Moses Austin to his familyís humiliating financial downfall after the War of 1812. He tells how in 1821 Stephen Austin inherited his fatherís daring plan to colonize Spanish Texas. Over the next fifteen years Austin carried out this plan with dazzling success, becoming a consummate manager, exhorter, politician, and diplomat, and playing a central role in the events that led to the Texas Revolution and the establishment of the Lone Star Republic. Within a generation, as a result largely of forces that he helped set in motion, the United States completed its drive for mastery over the North American continent.

Gregg Cantrell is Rupert N. Richardson Professor of History at Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas.

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