Category Archives: Recommended Reading

Vigilantism in an Extremely Volatile Environment

Last week I wrote about an event that occurred in northeast Hunt County in 1844, prior to the creation of Hunt County. After several thefts and at least three murders, settlers in the vicinity took the law into their own … Continue reading

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The Foreign Office Saves the Day

Berlin, January 19, 1917 On the first of February we intend to begin submarine warfare unrestricted. In spite of this, it is our intention to endeavor to keep neutral the United States of America. If this attempt is not successful, … Continue reading

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The Incredible Mr. Sam

Ask anyone who has lived in Greenville or other parts of Northeast Texas for a long time who they has done the most benefit for the area and the answer will probably be Representative Sam Rayburn. Some say that during … Continue reading

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Ben K. Green

The other night I was somewhat restless. I had just finished an intriguing book and wanted something that would engage my mind again. I had lots of books relating to research I am involved with, but I really wanted something … Continue reading

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We Never Retreat

Who were the first Anglo settlers in the area now known as Texas? If your answer is Stephen F. Austin and his colony, you’ve missed it by almost two decades. As early as 1800, Phillip Nolan was known to be … Continue reading

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The Zimmerman Telegram

One of the best authors to write about World War I was Barbara W. Tuchman. Her first book, the Pulitzer Prize winner The Guns of August set the stage for the beginning of the Great War. Later she wrote The … Continue reading

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The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

I recently read a fascinating book about the last crossing of the Lusitania. I suspect many have never heard of the ship and its impact on American entry into the Great War or World War I. The book, Dead Wake: The … Continue reading

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Capital Dames

Maybe you know Cokie Roberts from NPR. Maybe you have read her books, Ladies of Liberty, Founding Mothers and We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters. Or maybe you have had the opportunity to hear her speak. Cokie Boggs Roberts is a … Continue reading

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Farmers’ Union

On December 16, 1914 more than 200 farmers from North, East, West, and Central Texas gathered in Greenville for the Northeast Texas District Convention of the Farmers Union. It was an extremely critical time for them. With the war raging … Continue reading

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Silent Night

A century ago an incredible event occurred Christmas Eve and Christmas Day along No Man’s Land between Belgium and France. What was more and more becoming known as World War I or the Great War experienced a populist movement that … Continue reading

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