As the University of Texas at Austin celebrates its 125th anniversary, it can justly claim to be a "university of the first class," as mandated in the Texas Constitution. The university's faculty and student body include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur "genius award," and Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships, as well as members of learned societies all over the world. UT's athletic programs are said to be the best overall in the United States, and its libraries, museums, and archives are lauded in every educated part of the world. Texas alumni have made their marks in law, engineering, geology, business, journalism, and all fields of the sciences, arts, and entertainment."The Texas Book" gathers together personality profiles, historical essays, and first-person reminiscences to create an informal, highly readable history of UT. Many fascinating characters appear in these pages, including visionary president and Ransom Center founder Harry Huntt Ransom, contrarian English professor and Texas folklorist J. Frank Dobie, legendary regent and lightning rod Frank C. Erwin, and founder of the field of Mexican American Studies, Americo Paredes.
The historical pieces recall some of the most dramatic and challenging episodes in the university's history, including recurring attacks on the school by politicians and regents, the institution's history of segregation and struggles to become a truly diverse university, the sixties' protest movements, and the Tower sniper shooting.Rounding off the collection are reminiscences by former and current students and faculty, including Walter Prescott Webb, Willie Morris, Betty Sue Flowers, J. M. Coetzee, and Barbara Jordan, who capture the spirit of the campus at moments in time that defined their eras.
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Acknowledgments Introduction Richard A. Holland Profiles J. Frank Dobie: A Reappraisal Don Graham The Woman Who Ran Ransom's University Harold Billings Some Blues for a Trio Chad Oliver A Particular Friend of Shakespeare's William Hauptman On Richard Fleming: Tribute to Richard T. Fleming at Memorial Services, March 16, 1973 Joe B. Frantz Thirteen Ways of Looking at Chairman Frank Richard A. Holland Americo Paredes and Rancho UT Austin Jose Limon The Week James Michener Died James Magnuson History George W. Brackenridge, George W. Littlefield, and the Shadow of the Past Richard A. Holland When the Poor Boys Ruled the Campus: A Requiem for B. Hall David Dettmer Campus Architecture: The Heroic Decades Lawrence Speck Blacks Challenge the White University Michael L. Gillette Going Towards a Great Library at Texas: Harry Ransom's Acquisition of the T. E. Hanley Collection Richard Oram The University Interscholastic League and the Integration of Texas High School Athletics Bobby Hawthorne The View from the Tower John Schwartz Desegregation, Affirmative Action, and the Ten-Percent Law Douglas Laycock Reminiscences From Cottonwood to the Capital: The University Years Meade F. Griffin The Search for William E. Hinds Walter Prescott Webb From Mississippi to Texas and Back Willie Morris Hairy Ranger, Wonder Wart-hog, and the Sweet Young Thing: Interviews with Texas Ranger Editors Frank Stack and Pat Brown Richard A. Holland The Times They Were A'Changin' Betty Sue Flowers Remembering Texas J. M. Coetzee The Last Bastion Julius Whittier Conviction Values: Two Speeches Barbara Jordan