James Webb Throckmorton: the life and career of a southern frontier politician, 1825-1894

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dc.contributor.advisor Buenger , Walter L . en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Brands , H . W . en_US
dc.creator Howell , Kenneth Wayne en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005 -08 -29T14 :39 :28Z
dc.date.accessioned 2014 -02 -19T19 :21 :13Z
dc.date.available 2005 -08 -29T14 :39 :28Z
dc.date.available 2014 -02 -19T19 :21 :13Z
dc.date.created 2005 -05 en_US
dc.date.issued 2005 -08 -29T14 :39 :28Z
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /2350
dc.description.abstract Many scholars of the Reconstruction era have examined James Webb Throckmorton ? ?s political career between 1860 and 1867 and have revealed that his racist views helped hasten the end of Radical Reconstruction in Texas . However , these scholars have not explained the motivations behind Throckmorton ? ?s political ideology , nor have they explained adequately the origins of the North Texan ? ?s racism . This dissertation focuses on these critical issues by examining the development of Throckmorton ? ?s personal and political beliefs between 1850 and 1874 . It shows that Throckmorton ? ?s political ideology was influenced by four primary factors : his early experiences on the North Texas frontier , his desire to create a community on the frontier that was primarily designed to be a haven for white settlers , his commitment to political conservatism which evolved from his early affiliation with Whig political ideology , and his quest to bring economic improvement to the North Texas region . In contrast to other scholarly works on Throckmorton which claim that the North Texan ? ?s political views were contradictory and inconsistent , this study demonstrates that Throckmorton ? ?s ideological beliefs remained constant and changed little over time . His commitment to preserving the whiteness of the frontier , to protecting the settlers of his home region , to conservative political ideology , and to internal improvements , especially railroads , never wavered during one of the most turbulent periods in Texas politics . This study also reinforces several important conclusions about the South in the nineteenth century : The region was never a homogeneous society ; southern racism was multifaceted ; and southern settlers migrating westward , especially those from the Upper South , viewed the frontier as a potential escape from the political and social dominance of large slaveholders . en_US
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dc.format.medium electronic en_US
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dc.language.iso en _US en_US
dc.publisher Texas A &M University en_US
dc.subject nineteenth -century en_US
dc.title James Webb Throckmorton : the life and career of a southern frontier politician , 1825 -1894 en_US
dc.type Thesis en
dc.type.genre Electronic Dissertation en_US
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James Webb Throckmorton: the life and career of a southern frontier politician, 1825-1894. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /2350 .

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