Tom Palaima

By Tom Palaima:


Death of a Robber Baron

by Tom Palaima | Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 18:55 CST

The Daily Fight

Lost Books of Texas Most of us never hold high political office. Neither did Jane McCallum until, as she was approaching 50, she served as Texas secretary of state from 1927 to 1933. Ginger Rogers wore high heels and danced … Read More

Criminal Justice

War Without End

If President Lyndon B. Johnson hadn’t had firsthand experience with poverty and racism in Texas, he might never have come around to civil rights, or declared his War on Poverty. When he was just 20 years old, Johnson took a … Read More


The Golden Football

The University of Texas’ bad example.

In 1928, Harper’s New Monthly Magazine published an article by John R. Tunis critical of college football. At the time, Tunis was widely regarded as the best author of sports fiction for 10-to-14 year-olds. While his essay, “The Great God … Read More


Hard Labor

In Catching Out: The Secret World of Day Laborers, Dick J. Reavis describes what life is like in a world most of us never see or think about. The secret world in the title is that of our fellow Americans … Read More


Killing the Thirst

This summer Texas suffered through its worst drought in half a century. Two hundred and thirty public water systems declared mandatory restrictions. Crop and livestock losses during the preceding nine months totaled $3.6 billion. Seventy of Texas’ 254 counties were … Read More


American Ideas

In April, William H. Goetzmann, a Pulitzer-prize winning historian at The University of Texas at Austin, told the Austin American-Statesman that as a boy his family had rented an apartment in St. Paul, Minnesota where John Dillinger had once lived. … Read More


The Godless Christian

Robert Jensen, a self-described radical political activist and associate professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, is probably still best known to Texans across the political spectrum for his commentary in the Sept. 14, 2001 Houston Chronicle: … Read More


Our Own Good

In the early 1970s, Rick Shenkman recalls, he “was tutored in the precepts of Russell Kirk, Leo Strauss and other conservative intellectuals who were openly hostile to the direction of American democracy” in a seminar sponsored by the right-wing Intercollegiate … Read More