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Tejano Empire: Life on the South Texas Ranchos (The Clayton Wheat Williams Texas Life Series) [Paperback]

Andres Tijerina
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15 April 2008 The Clayton Wheat Williams Texas life series (Book 7)
Texans of Mexican descent built a unique and highly developed ranching culture that thrived in South Texas until the 1880s. In "Tejano Empire", historian Andres Tijerina describes the major elements that gave the Tejano ranch community its identity: shared reaction to Anglo-American in-migration, tightly interconnected families, cultural loyalty, networks of communication, Catholic religion, and a material culture well adapted to the conditions of the region. After the introduction's historical overview of the region, the chapters address specific elements of the lives people led in the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas: work ways and tools, housing and ranch layouts, family networks and authority patterns, education and the arts, religion and daily prayer.A gallery of energetic line drawings by the late Ricardo M. Beasley and graceful pen-and-ink detail drawings by Servando G. Hinojosa of Alice, Texas, commissioned especially for this book, intricately portray scenes from South Texas daily life.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A & M University Press (15 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603440518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603440516
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 18.1 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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"The scope and depth of Tijerina's research is breathtaking and the detail in which he passes his findings to us is exhaustive.... Tejano Empire is a long-needed corrective and valuable addition to the historical record of Texas. It's sure to become a standard reference on Hispanic culture in the state." - Dallas Morning News"

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ANDRES TIJERINA is an associate professor of history at Austin Community College. He is author of the prize-winning Tejanos and Texas under the Mexican Flag, also published by Texas A&M University Press.

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Tijerina states that, "Tejanos founded the ranching frontier on their land grants... were the founders of the State of Texas". I agree that only Tejanos have lived and fought under six flags and that Tejanos are here to stay. Tejano Empire is a bold book, well documented, and difficult to lay aside once opened by a reader. Stories handed down for generations are finally put into print. Beasley's sketches depict tejano stories that will live forever. Bravo - Andres Tijerina and thank you.
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Being a descendant of a pioneer ranch family in Duval County since the 1860's, Rancho San Buenaventura; after reading Tejano Empire it brings out the spirit of my greatgrandfather's and so many other rancheros of that era's way of life. I think this book will bring back self confidence to the many families in South Texas with ranching roots. With this book Tijerina helps fill the void of the much neglected history of the ranchos in South Texas from a Tejano point of view. The beautiful illustrations by Ricardo M. Beasley and Servando Hinojosa are also an additional plus. A definite book to add to anyones collection if you're into Texas history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tejano Empire fills the gaps left behind by Texas History. 17 Oct 1998
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Tijerina states that, "Tejanos founded the ranching frontier on their land grants... were the founders of the State of Texas". I agree that only Tejanos have lived and fought under six flags and that Tejanos are here to stay. Tejano Empire is a bold book, well documented, and difficult to lay aside once opened by a reader. Stories handed down for generations are finally put into print. Beasley's sketches depict tejano stories that will live forever. Bravo - Andres Tijerina and thank you.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on the real history of the ranchos of S.Texas 13 Oct 1998
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Being a descendant of a pioneer ranch family in Duval County since the 1860's, Rancho San Buenaventura; after reading Tejano Empire it brings out the spirit of my greatgrandfather's and so many other rancheros of that era's way of life. I think this book will bring back self confidence to the many families in South Texas with ranching roots. With this book Tijerina helps fill the void of the much neglected history of the ranchos in South Texas from a Tejano point of view. The beautiful illustrations by Ricardo M. Beasley and Servando Hinojosa are also an additional plus. A definite book to add to anyones collection if you're into Texas history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tejano Empire 11 Mar 2000
By Ricardo Balli - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
An excellent well written book ! Being a descendent of one of the early pioneers of South Texas, this book really open up my eyes on how our early ancestors used the natural resources around them to built their homes and where proud of them. It also describes how the unity in the family helped them cope with the struggles of goverment changes. This book takes you back in time as if you where there to see it. This is a book everyone who is interested in early South Texas History must read. My hats off to Andres Tijerina.
5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting 18 April 2014
By Irma Klein - Published on Amazon.com
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my grandfather was in the book. very interesting reading I I bought them for my kids to know what they're great grandfather did he was one of the last real cowboys
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 17 Sep 2013
By Virginia G. Perez - Published on Amazon.com
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I was over joyed when I received it. I loaned out my autographed copy and was devastated when my brother denied having it. So I was determined to get another book. Not autographed but still a book. Thank you so much.
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