Creating a Mythistory: Texas Historians in the Nineteenth Century

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Many historians have acknowledged the temptation to portray people as they see themselves and wish to be seen, blending history and ideology. The result is "mythistory." Twentieth century Texas writers and historians, remarking upon the exceptional durability of the Texas mythistory that emerged from the nineteenth century, have questioned its resistance to revision throughout the twentieth century. By placing the writing of Texas history within the context of American and European intellectual climates and history writing generally, from the close of the eighteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth, it is possible to identify a pattern that provides some ... continued below

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McLemore, Laura Lyons, 1950- August 1998.

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Many historians have acknowledged the temptation to portray people as they see themselves and wish to be seen, blending history and ideology. The result is "mythistory." Twentieth century Texas writers and historians, remarking upon the exceptional durability of the Texas mythistory that emerged from the nineteenth century, have questioned its resistance to revision throughout the twentieth century. By placing the writing of Texas history within the context of American and European intellectual climates
and history writing generally, from the close of the eighteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth, it is possible to identify a pattern that provides some insight into the popularity and persistence of Texas mythistory.

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McLemore, Laura Lyons, 1950-. Creating a Mythistory: Texas Historians in the Nineteenth Century, dissertation, August 1998; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc278988/: accessed December 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .