Texas Essays

The Republican Party of Texas

It is widely believed that the strongest state level Republican Party is found in the state of Texas. The Republican Party of Texas has control of the senate, the state house of representatives, and the state’s education board. Aside from the fact that the present president of the country, George W. Bush comes from the Republican Party of Texas, the majority in 73 counties of the state is being held by the party (Republican Party of Texas-a).             The current…

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Sam Houston and the American Southwest

Sam Houston was born from Scottish-Irish decent. His forefathers were immigrants that had settled in Pennsylvania and migrated south towards Virginia. Houston’s grandfather, John Houston, established the successful Timber Ridge plantation and his father, Samuel Houston, was a member of the revolutionary army, attaining the rank of major. Sam Houston was born in 1793 the middle child of eight siblings. Sam’s father military service took its toll on the Houston’s plantation causing it to be neglected, and in 1806 the…

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Texas, 1823 to 1845

In 1821, Mexico freed itself from Spanish rule and the new Mexican government began to encourage Americans to settle in Texas so that the increased population can help fortify the borders. In 1823, an American named Stephen Fuller Austin was given a large grant of fertile Texas land an brought with him 200 families to live and farm there as was promised to his father. Large tracts of land were given to other American settlers for token payments to Mexico…

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The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution

This is the most comprehensive collection of The Texas Rangers during the Mexican revolution that has been published. Charles Harris III and Louis Sadler share the details behind this unstable period by uncovering the views and actions of the Rangers during the highest point of border violence up until that time. The Rangers remain as one of the most recognized law enforcement agencies in the United States. In the ten year span of 1910-1920, Texas was involved in a lot…

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Texas_ Cayenne Pepper and Skillet

This essay is one that I have used for many years. It is an actual student essay that was published in an old composition textbook that I used for several years. I like for my students to read this essay because it incorporates several good techniques – and a few “what-not-to-do’s.” A good attention getter in the form of personal thoughts (Note: If you are really creative with your topic, I will allow you to include personal thoughts on your…

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Welfare in Texas

Texas is the second largest state in the United States of America, occupying an area of 267,300 square miles which is approximately one- twelfth the size of the United States. It is also referred to as the Lone Star state, because of the single star present on its red, white and blue state flag (Stacy 808; Writer’s Program 3). It is also the second most densely inhabited state after the state of California, with an estimated population of 24. 3…

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The Texas Constitution of 1876

Texas has functioned under five constitutions (Johnston 142). Its current constitution, however, was written in 1876 (Johnston 146).  The constitution of 1876 is Texas’ sixth constitution and by far, represents the central rule that governs Texas (Handbook of Texas Online).  The constitution underpinned Texas’ relationship with the Spanish and the Mexican (Handbook of Texas Online). To understand the Texas Constitution of 1876 is to first understand its historical context.             The first Europeans to discover Texas were the Spaniards (Johnston…

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Becoming an Informed Voter

What is the Political History of your district and State? Harris County in the state of Texas was formed in the winter of 1836, and was first called Harrisburg County after an early settler named John Richard Harris. The name changed from Harrisburg County to Harris County in 1839. In the United States House of Representatives, Ted Poe, a Republican, currently represents my district (Northwest Harris County). John Whitmire was elected in 1983 as a Democrat, and he represents Northwest…

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Texas War for Independence

The Texas Revolution occurred because of a series of events that began long before the first shots fired at the Battle of Gonzales. In the summer of 1820 a 59 year-old Missourian named Moses Austin asked the Spanish Authorities for a large land tract which he wanted to use to attract American Pioneers. To manys surprise in early 1821 the Spanish government gave him permission to settle 300 families. Spain had welcomed Americans to help develop the land and to…

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