Jeffrey Kerr - SEAT OF EMPIRE

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 2:00pm
2421 Bissonnet St
77005-1451 Houston
Seat of Empire: The Embattled Birth of Austin, Texas (Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780896727823
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Published: Texas Tech University Press - July 3rd, 2013

In his lively depiction of the founding of Austin as the capital of Texas, Jeffrey Kerr offers colorful accounts of the scenic setting, early settlers, and contentious times. Against the broader controversy of how to maintain and develop the Republic, he guides us through the ongoing struggle waged between Mirabeau Lamar and Sam Houston, the first two presidents, over the desirability of a new frontier capital.–Alwyn Barr, author of Texans in Revolt: The Battle for San Antonio, 1835

Seat of Empire is the best relatively succinct account I know of the events, places, and people so central in the city's and state's history. General readers, state and local lawmakers, college students, and historians will find pleasure and profit in its pages. Kerr provides illuminating contexts for the passionately contested and inevitably politicized question of location and sketches adroitly the picturesque (and often picaresque) pistol-packing politicos caught up in the jousts. –Harold Hyman, William P. Hobby Professor of History Emeritus, Rice University