Now in its 11th edition, Texas: The Lone Star State offers a balanced, scholarly overview of the second largest state in the United States, spanning from prehistory to the twenty-first century.

Organized chronologically, this comprehensive survey introduces undergraduates to the varied history of Texas with an accessible narrative and over 100 illustrations and maps. This new edition broadens the discussion of postwar social and political dynamics within the state, including the development of key industries and changing demographics. Other new features include:

  • New maps reflecting county by county results for the most recent presidential elections

  • Expanded discussions on immigration and border security

  • The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas and a look to the future

  • Updated bibliographies to reflect the most recent scholarship

This textbook is essential reading for students of American history.

chapter 1|18 pages

The Land and Its First People

chapter 2|21 pages

Spanish Texas

Exploration and Occupation, 1519–1763

chapter 3|14 pages

Spanish Texas

The Last Years, 1763–1821

chapter 4|20 pages

Mexican Texas

chapter 5|17 pages

The Prelude to Revolution, 1826–1835

chapter 6|26 pages

The Texas Revolution, 1835–1836

chapter 7|26 pages

The Republic of Texas, 1836–1845

chapter 8|22 pages

Early Statehood, 1846–1861

chapter 9|24 pages

Pioneer Institutions

chapter 10|26 pages

Secession and War, 1860–1865

chapter 11|21 pages

Restoring Texas to the Union, 1865–1874

chapter 12|23 pages

From Reconstruction to Reform, 1874–1890

chapter 13|30 pages

Cultural Conflict on the Frontier

chapter 14|20 pages

The Populists and Progressives, 1890–1910

chapter 15|26 pages

Life at the Turn of the Century

chapter 16|32 pages

Crusades and Complacency, 1910–1930

chapter 18|25 pages

Postwar Texas, 1945–1963

chapter 19|22 pages

The Politics of an Urban Land, 1963–1995

chapter 20|31 pages

Republican Texas, 1995–2020