The Texas Revolutionary Experience Summary

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Student’s name Professor’s name Course Date Book Review Synopsis of the Content The Texas Revolutionary Experience by Paul D. Lack is a book aimed at honoring the legends of the Texas Revolution. More focus and insight is given on the reasons that led to the conflict witnessed in 1835-1836 and an analysis of how the real events transpired. In the various chapters, the author successively examines detailed accounts about the past from primary documents with an objective of bringing to light the incidents that took place and collectively culminated to the eruption of the conflict. The military situations, political turbulence, social upheavals, ethnic and religious strife among other aspects receive considerate attention and the aftermath is…show more content…
Lack goes a notch higher in helping the readers not only understand the history but also key problems that characterized it but were not necessarily discussed in most historical analyses. For example, Lack argues that most historians have, for a long time, been unable to understand the deeply rooted chaotic character of the war for Texan Independence. Furthermore, he remarks that with its military insubordination, internal disagreements, class, racial and ethnic tension make the Texas war for independence very unique. So in-depth is Lack’s analysis and perspectives that he ultimately implies that it is likely that their Texans owed their successes in fighting for independence more to promising circumstances rather than their own effort, commitment and organization (Lack…show more content…
For instance, Lack talks about how Blacks and Latinos were torn between supporting either the Mexicans of the Texans. Strangely enough, their choices were not as such inspired by patriotism to their nation but survival. This practice has extended even to modern society where many prejudices exists about black people due to their simple desire to survive. Perhaps the greatest contrast between the two books is that in The American Promise, the authors analyse how environmental issues such as conservation of sources of energy (coal, fossil fuel) and deforestation. In The Revolutionary Experience, however, the focus on environmental issues is not only shallow but also Lack does not proceed to show how it affected the politics of the time. Would you recommend the book to another student or teacher? Considering the educational, historical as well as cultural value of reading Lack’s book, I would highly recommend another student or teacher to read it. As seen the book presents a comprehensive and balanced account of Texan revolution, one that is unequaled by many historical books. Besides, this well researched and clearly written book, albeit would not replace other related studies but would actively contribute to better understanding of the Texan history. Indeed, The Texas
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