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Identity Crisis

by Robert Green | Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 16:05 CST
David Crockett tried to trim his myth, but it grew back.
Arts & Minds

Path to War

How does President Obama's escalation of the War in Afghanistan compare to Lyndon Johnson's escalation of the War in Vietnam?

In a Feb. 3, 1964 conversation with newspaper publisher John Knight, Lyndon Johnson—then a mere two months into his presidency—laid out the stark choice he saw before him in Vietnam. “I opposed it in ’54,” Johnson said, “but we’re there … Read More

Education

UT’s Discrimination Pressure Valve

If history is written by those who show up, then the question of renaming The University of Texas’ Simkins Hall dormitory—currently named for confederate officer, Florida Ku Klux Klan co-founder and UT law professor William Stewart Simkins—ought to be an … Read More

Criminal Justice

UT’s racism pressure valve

At UT, the fight against discrimination devolves into symbolism

If history is written by those who show up, then the question of renaming UT’s Simkins Hall dormitory—currently named for confederate officer, Florida Ku Klux Klan co-founder and UT law professor William Stewart Simkins—ought to be an easy one. Simkins’ … Read More

Arts & Minds

Is That Really the Devil’s Accordion?

Los viajes del viento (The Wind Journeys) opens with the dramatic view of a Colombian village giving way to an open, rubble-stubbed desert. An old man on a donkey lopes out into the desert. There is an accordion hanging from … Read More

Arts & Minds

Gender trouble at Cine Las Americas

When I pulled into the parking lot outside the Regal Metropolitan 14 theaters—one of three venues screening the 100 films that make up the 13th annual Cine Las Americas film festival—I was afraid I had come to the wrong place. … Read More

Cover Story

Laredo’s Modest Advocate

Along the U.S.-Mexico border, hundreds of thousands of people live without running water, sewage service or electricity in unincorporated subdivisions known as “colonias.” Texas has the largest number of colonias—an estimated 400,000 Texans live in more than 2,200 of them. … Read More

Uncategorized

When the Democrats Roamed…

A look back at the 1972 Democratic primary that changed the future of Texas politics.

The primary battle between Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Debra Medina has exposed deep rifts in the Republican Party. The gritty battle between the state’s ruling elite is reminiscent of one of the most memorable primary battles … Read More

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