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Southwest Retort, Volume 68, Number 5, January 2016

Southwest Retort, Volume 68, Number 5, January 2016

Date: November 2016
Creator: American Chemical Society. Dallas/Fort Worth Section.
Description: This publication of the Dallas-Fort Worth Section of the American Chemical Society includes information about research, prominent scientist, organizational business, and various other stories of interest to the community.
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Rounded Up in Glory: Frank Reaugh, Texas Renaissance Man

Rounded Up in Glory: Frank Reaugh, Texas Renaissance Man

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Date: August 2016
Creator: Grauer, Michael
Description: Frank Reaugh (1860–1945; pronounced “Ray”) was called “the Dean of Texas artists” for good reason. His pastels documented the wide-open spaces of the West as they were vanishing in the late nineteenth century, and his plein air techniques influenced generations of artists. His students include a “Who’s Who” of twentieth-century Texas painters: Alexandre Hogue, Reveau Bassett, and Lucretia Coke, among others. He was an advocate of painting by observation, and encouraged his students to do the same by organizing legendary sketch trips to West Texas. Reaugh also earned the title of Renaissance man by inventing a portable easel that allowed him to paint in high winds, and developing a formula for pastels, which he marketed. A founder of the Dallas Art Society, which became the Dallas Museum of Art, Reaugh was central to Dallas and Oak Cliff artistic circles for many years until infighting and politics drove him out of fashion. He died isolated and poor in 1945. The last decade has seen a resurgence of interest in Reaugh, through gallery shows, exhibitions, and a recent documentary. Despite his importance and this growing public profile, however, Rounded Up in Glory is the first full-length biography. Michael Grauer argues for Reaugh’s ...
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The Best American Newspaper Narratives, Volume 3

The Best American Newspaper Narratives, Volume 3

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Date: June 2016
Creator: Reaves, Gayle
Description: This anthology collects the ten winners of the 2014 Best American Newspaper Narrative Writing Contest, run by the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. The event is hosted by the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas. The contest honors exemplary narrative work and encourages narrative nonfiction storytelling at newspapers across the United States. First place winner: Dan Barry, “The Boys in the Bunkhouse,” published by The New York Times, exposed thirty years of physical and mental abuse of intellectually disabled men living in an Iowa group home. Second place: Christopher Goffard, “The Favor,” published by the Los Angeles Times, describes the plea bargain sentence of the son of a former California assembly speaker, after the son pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, and whose prison sentence was later reduced by then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Third place: Stephanie McCrummen, “A Father’s Scars,” published by the Washington Post, about a Virginia state senator one year after he was stabbed multiple times by his mentally ill son before the son killed himself. Runners-up include Nathan Bomey, John Gallagher and Mark Stryker, “How Detroit was Reborn” (Detroit Free Press); Monica Hesse, “Love and Fire” (Washington Post); Sarah Schweitzer, “Chasing Bayla” ...
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Booker’s Point

Booker’s Point

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Date: April 2016
Creator: Grumbling, Megan
Description: Bernard A. Booker, wry old Maine codger and unofficial mayor of Ell Pond, is the subject of Booker’s Point, an oral history-inspired portrait-in-verse. Weaving storytelling, natural history, and the poetry of place, the collection evokes the sensibility of rural New England and the pleasures of a good story.
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Whiskey River Ranger: The Old West Life of Baz Outlaw

Whiskey River Ranger: The Old West Life of Baz Outlaw

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Date: April 2016
Creator: Alexander, Bob
Description: Captain Frank Jones, a famed nineteenth-century Texas Ranger, said of his company’s top sergeant, Baz Outlaw (1854-1894), “A man of unusual courage and coolness and in a close place is worth two or three ordinary men.” Another old-time Texas Ranger declared that Baz Outlaw “was one of the worst and most dangerous” because “he never knew what fear was.” But not all thought so highly of him. In Whiskey River Ranger, Bob Alexander tells for the first time the full story of this troubled Texas Ranger and his losing battle with alcoholism. In his career Baz Outlaw wore a badge as a Texas Ranger and also as a Deputy U.S. Marshal. He could be a fearless and crackerjack lawman, as well as an unmanageable manic. Although Baz Outlaw’s badge-wearing career was sometimes heroically creditable, at other times his self-induced nightmarish imbroglios teased and tested Texas Ranger management’s resoluteness. Baz Outlaw’s true-life story is jam-packed with fellows owning well-known names, including Texas Rangers, city marshals, sheriffs, and steely-eyed mean-spirited miscreants. Baz Outlaw’s tale is complete with horseback chases, explosive train robberies, vigilante justice (or injustice), nighttime ambushes and bushwhacking, and episodes of scorching six-shooter finality. Baz met his end in a ...
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Raza Rising: Chicanos in North Texas

Raza Rising: Chicanos in North Texas

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Date: March 2016
Creator: Gonzales, Richard J.
Description: Based on articles written for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, author Richard J. Gonzales draws on his educational, inner-city and professional life experiences to weave eyewitness testimony into issues facing Chicanos, including economic, health, education, criminal justice, politics, immigration, and cultural issues. Raza Rising offers first-hand observations, supported by well-documented scholarly research, of Chicanos’ growth and subsequent struggles to participate fully in North Texas’ political and economic life. Raza Rising takes the reader to the organization of an immigration reform march, to the actual march with 20,000 people, to a protest demonstration of the City of Farmers Branch’s attempt to prohibit renting to the undocumented immigrant, to the author’s awakening in Chicago on the importance of learning, and to his poignant experience as a guest speaker in a Fort Worth public school classroom.
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WASP of the Ferry Command: Women Pilots, Uncommon Deeds

WASP of the Ferry Command: Women Pilots, Uncommon Deeds

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Date: March 2016
Creator: Rickman, Sarah Byrn
Description: WASP of the Ferry Command is the story of the women ferry pilots who flew more than nine million miles in 72 different aircraft—115,000 pilot hours—for the Ferrying Division, Air Transport Command, during World War II. In the spring of 1942, Col. William H. Tunner lacked sufficient male pilots to move vital trainer aircraft from the factory to the training fields. Nancy Love found 28 experienced women pilots who could do the job. They, along with graduates of the Army’s flight training school for women—established by Jacqueline Cochran—performed this duty until fall 1943, when manufacture of trainers ceased. In December 1943 the women ferry pilots went back to school to learn to fly high-performance WWII fighters, known as pursuits. By January 1944 they began delivering high performance P-51s, 47s, and 39s. Prior to D-Day and beyond, P-51s were crucial to the air war over Germany. They had the range to escort B-17s and B-24s from England to Berlin and back on bombing raids that ultimately brought down the German Reich. Getting those pursuits to the docks in New Jersey for shipment abroad became these women’s primary job. Ultimately, more than one hundred WASP pursuit pilots were engaged in this vital ...
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Riding for the Lone Star: frontier cavalry and the Texas way of war, 1822-1865

Riding for the Lone Star: frontier cavalry and the Texas way of war, 1822-1865

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Date: February 2016
Creator: Jennings, Nathan A.
Description: The idea of Texas was forged in the crucible of frontier warfare between 1822 and 1865, when Anglo-Americans adapted to mounted combat north of the Rio Grande. This cavalry-centric arena, which had long been the domain of Plains Indians and the Spanish Empire, compelled an adaptive martial tradition that shaped early Lone Star society. Beginning with initial tactical innovation in Spanish Tejas and culminating with massive mobilization for the Civil War, Texas society developed a distinctive way of war defined by armed horsemanship, volunteer militancy, and short-term mobilization as it grappled with both tribal and international opponents. Drawing upon military reports, participants’ memoirs, and government documents, cavalry officer Nathan A. Jennings analyzes the evolution of Texan militarism from tribal clashes of colonial Tejas, territorial wars of the Texas Republic, the Mexican-American War, border conflicts of antebellum Texas, and the cataclysmic Civil War. In each conflict Texan volunteers answered the call to arms with marked enthusiasm for mounted combat. Riding for the Lone Star explores this societal passion—with emphasis on the historic rise of the Texas Rangers—through unflinching examination of territorial competition with Comanches, Mexicans, and Unionists. Even as statesmen Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston emerged as influential strategic leaders, ...
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Tales of Texas Cooking: Stories and Recipes from the Trans-Pecos to the Piney Woods and High Plains to the Gulf Prairies

Tales of Texas Cooking: Stories and Recipes from the Trans-Pecos to the Piney Woods and High Plains to the Gulf Prairies

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Date: December 2015
Creator: Vick, Frances B.
Description: According to Renaissance woman and Pepper Lady Jean Andrews, although food is eaten as a response to hunger, it is much more than filling one's stomach. It also provides emotional fulfillment. This is borne out by the joy many of us feel as a family when we get in the kitchen and cook together and then share in our labors at the dinner table. Food is comfort, yet it is also political and contested because we often are what we eat--meaning what is available and familiar and allowed. Texas is fortunate in having a bountiful supply of ethnic groups influencing its foodways, and Texas food is the perfect metaphor for the blending of diverse cultures and native resources. Food is a symbol of our success and our communion, and whenever possible, Texans tend to do food in a big way. This latest publication from the Texas Folklore Society contains stories and more than 120 recipes, from long ago and just yesterday, organized by the 10 vegetation regions of the state. Herein you'll find Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson's Family Cake, memories of beef jerky and sassafras tea from John Erickson of Hank the Cowdog fame, Sam Houston's barbecue sauce, and stories ...
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Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Abilene

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Abilene

Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from Abilene Texas from the years 1888 to 1923. Titles included in this dataset include: Abilene Daily Reporter, Abilene Morning Reporter, Abilene Semi-Weekly Farm Reporter, Abilene Semi-Weekly Reporter, Abilene Weekly Reporter, The Abilene Reporter, The Abilene Semi-Weekly Reporter, and the Abilene Weekly Reporter. In all there are 7,208 issues comprised of 62,871 pages of text.
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Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Brenham

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Brenham

Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from Brenham Texas from the years 1876 to 1923. Titles included in this dataset include: Brenham Banner, Brenham Daily Banner, Brenham Daily Banner-Press, Brenham Evening Press, Brenham Weekly Banner, Brenham WEekly Banner-Press, and The Daily Banner. In all there are 10,720 issues comprised of 50,368 pages of text.
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Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Bryan

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Bryan

Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from Bryan Texas from the years 1883 to 1922. Titles included in this dataset include: Bryan Daily Eagle, Bryan Daily Eagle and Pilot, Bryan Morning Eagle, Bryan Morning Eagle and Pilot, The Brazos Weekly Pilot, The Bryan Daily Eagle, The Bryan Eagle, and The Bryan Weekly Eagle and Pilot . In all there are 5,843 issues comprised of 27,360 pages of text.
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Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Denton

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Denton

Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from Denton Texas from the years 1892 to 1911. Titles included in this dataset include: Denton County News, Denton County Record and Chronicle, Denton Evening News, Legal Tender, Record and Chronicle, The Denton County Record, and The Denton Monitor. In all there are 690 issues comprised of 4,686 pages of text.
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Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: El Paso

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: El Paso

Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from El Paso Texas from the years 1881 to 1921. Titles included in this dataset include: El Paso Daily Herald, El Paso Daily Times, El Paso Herald, El Paso International Daily Times, El Paso Morning Times, El Paso Sunday Times, El Paso Times, The El Paso Daily Times, and The El Paso Time. In all there are 17,104 issues comprised of 177,640 pages of text.
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Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Fort Worth

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Fort Worth

Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from Fort Worth Texas from the years 1883 to 1896. Titles included in this dataset include: Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Fort Worth Gazette, and Fort Worth Weekly Gazette. In all there are 4,146 issues comprised of 36,199 pages of text.
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Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Gainesville

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Gainesville

Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from Gainesville Texas from the years 1888 to 1897. Titles included in this dataset include: The Daily Hesperian, and The Gainesville Daily Hesperian. In all there are 2,286 issues comprised of 9,359 pages of text.
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Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Galveston

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Galveston

Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from Galveston Texas from the years 1849 to 1897. Titles included in this dataset include: Galveston Weekly News, and The Galveston Daily News. In all there are 8,136 issues comprised of 56,953 pages of text.
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Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Houston

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Houston

Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from Houston, Texas from the years 1893 to 1924. Titles included in this dataset include: The Houston Daily Post and The Houston Post. In all there are 9,855 issues comprised of 184,900 pages of text.
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Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: McKinney

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: McKinney

Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from McKinney Texas from the years 1880 to 1936. Titles included in this dataset include: Collin County Mercury, McKinney Weekly Democrat-Gazette, The Daily Courier, The Daily Gazette, The Democrat, The Democrat-Gazette, The Lion Roar, The McKinney Advocate, The McKinney Examiner, The McKinney Gazette, The Semi-Weekly Courier, The Southern Jerseyite, and The Weekly Democrat-Gazette. In all there are 1,568 issues comprised of 12,975 pages of text.
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Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: San Antonio

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: San Antonio

Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from San Antonio Texas from the years 1874 to 1920. Titles included in this dataset include: San Antonio Daily Express, San Antonio Daily Light, San Antonio Express, The Daily Express, and The San Antonio Light. In all there are 6,866 issues comprised of 130,726 pages of text.
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Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Temple

Portal to Texas History Newspaper OCR Text Dataset: Temple

Date: November 12, 2015
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Description: Dataset of OCR text from The Portal to Texas History and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. This dataset includes titles from Temple Texas from the years 1907 to 1922. Titles included in this dataset include: Temple Daily Telegram. In all there are 4,627 issues comprised of 44,633 pages of text.
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Becoming the Storm

Becoming the Storm

Date: November 2015
Creator: Keralis, Spencer D. C.
Description: Text of the keynote address delivered during the University of North Texas Lavender Graduation at the end of the Fall 2015 semester.
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A Different Face of War: Memories of a Medical Service Corps Officer in Vietnam

A Different Face of War: Memories of a Medical Service Corps Officer in Vietnam

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Date: November 2015
Creator: Van Straten, Jim
Description: Assigned as the senior medical advisor to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam in I Corps, an area close to the DMZ, James G. Van Straten traveled extensively and interacted with military officers and non-commissioned officers, peasant-class farmers, Buddhist bonzes, shopkeepers, scribes, physicians, nurses, the mentally ill, and even political operatives. He sent his wife daily letters from July 1966 through June 1967, describing in impressive detail his experiences, and those letters became the primary source for his memoir. The author is grateful that his wife retained all the letters he wrote to her and their children during the year they were apart. The author describes with great clarity and poignancy the anguish among the survivors when an American cargo plane in bad weather lands short of the Da Nang Air Base runway on Christmas Eve and crashes into a Vietnamese coastal village, killing more than 100 people and destroying their village; the heart-wrenching pleadings of a teenage girl that her shrapnel-ravaged leg not be amputated; and the anger of an American helicopter pilot who made repeated trips into a hot landing zone to evacuate the wounded, only to have the Vietnamese insist that the dead be given a ...
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A History of Fort Worth in Black & White 165 Years of African-American Life

A History of Fort Worth in Black & White 165 Years of African-American Life

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Date: November 2015
Creator: Selcer, Richard F.
Description: A History of Fort Worth in Black & White fills a long-empty niche on the Fort Worth bookshelf: a scholarly history of the city's black community that starts at the beginning with Ripley Arnold and the early settlers, and comes down to today with our current battles over education, housing, and representation in city affairs. The book's sidebars on some noted and some not-so-noted African Americans make it appealing as a school text as well as a book for the general reader. Using a wealth of primary sources, Richard Selcer dispels several enduring myths, for instance the mistaken belief that Camp Bowie trained only white soldiers, and the spurious claim that Fort Worth managed to avoid the racial violence that plagued other American cities in the twentieth century. Selcer arrives at some surprisingly frank conclusions that will challenge current politically correct notions. "Selcer does a great job of exploring little-known history about the military, education, sports and even some social life and organizations."--Bob Ray Sanders, author of Calvin Littlejohn: Portrait of a Community in Black and White.
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