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Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  138 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Historian Randolph Campbell ranges from the first arrival of humans in the Panhandle some 10,000 years ago to the dawn of the 21st century, offering an interpretive account of the land, the successive waves of people who have gone to Texas, and the conflicts that have made Texas as much a metaphor as a place. Campbell presents the epic tales of Texas history in a new light ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published February 12th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published June 30th 2003)
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Kevin Bessey
This was an excellent read and great overview of Texas history. I really enjoyed the way "Gone To Texas" was laid out and can appreciate many of the questions posed by Campbell.

GTT will be something that I'd like to re-read every year or so, and as a Texas Native could identify with much of what Campbell was writing about. I also enjoyed his cultural perspectives that offered a look at Texans and the Texas mystique.

From a people perspective, I also enjoyed at how Campbell spoke about the state's
Kin Pier
Mar 21, 2008 Kin Pier rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of Texas history
While I am somewhat biased as Mike Campbell was one of my graduate professors, this book is generally recognized as the definitive book on Texas history in general. It is not a novel and was not designed as such. It is informative and extremely well-written.
A great book on the history of Texas.
Laura Finger
I read this along with Lone Star: A History Of Texas And The Texans to get an overview of German settlements in Texas. Campbell's work focuses on social history, and this was a good place to get my bearings.
Jul 16, 2009 Emily added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: really focused, interested people
This is taking me forever to read. I think I started it two years ago. I bought it because it covered TX history from the very beginning, when there were no whities on the continent, but now I'm wishing it wasn't so thorough. Interesting, though, of course.
Ryan Petty
Read this for a grad school class and really enjoyed it. my professor was a student of his, not that that makes much difference, but she was around while he was writing it and that helped us understand him better.
Kelly Harvey
I had to read this for a Texas History class and I actually found that it held my attention! I'm not a history buff but this was a good story with factual information that I both learned and enjoyed.
I read this several years ago and look forward to a second close reading to look for interesting tangents to explore in other works.
Stephanie Bonner
Terrific book about my home state! The history of Texas is so rich and interesting, and it makes me proud to be a Texan!
Curtis Thetford
A little dry, but did what I wanted.. gave me a good background in the history of Texas going back to prehistoric times.
Kristan Anne
It's on my e-book list, waiting for this semester to end so I'll have time to dive into it.
Interesting Texas history book. I'm reading it slowly, not finished yet.
Rhianon Huot
Essential reading for lovers of history, and especially for residents of Texas.
Heather Duff
It was my textbook for Texas was pretty interesting
Dec 06, 2011 Bob rated it 5 of 5 stars
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The absolute best survey of Texas history at this time!
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The quintessential book of Texas history.
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