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Texas Flags

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By Robert Maberry Jr.

The Lone Star State takes its name from the icon on its famous flag. Yet Texas's world-famous flag was not always a common sight in the state. The national flag during Texas's years as an independent republic, the original lone star flag was discarded in favor of the Stars and Stripes upon annexation in 1845. Indeed, by 1860, few Texans knew what their former national standard had looked like. During the period of secession and Civil War, Texans became reacquainted with the old flag, but they made relatively few copies of it, using the lone star emblem instead on the battle flags of the various units. When officials of the Confederacy mandated new national flags, Texans often modified them to reflect their own independent heritage.

This story and many more unfurl in Texas Flags. Historian Robert Maberry Jr. skillfully describes the evolution of the lone star symbol dating back to the days in which Texas was part of Mexico, and details how the red, white, and blue standard with its single five-point star has become the visual distillation of almost two hundred years of Texas history. The book is lushly illustrated with beautiful full-page color photographs of historic flags and descriptions of what is known about each flag, including the ingenuity and creativity of the women who made them from homespun cotton and silk dresses and the courage and conflict of the men who carried them into battle.


Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Dimensions: 9 1/2" x 12 1/2"

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