Profiles in Power

Profiles in Power

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Profiles in Power offers concise biographies of fourteen twentieth-century Texans who wielded significant political power and influence in Washington, D.C. First published in 1993 by Harlan Davidson, it has been revised and updated with new chapters on John Nance Garner and Henry Gonzalez and expanded chapters on Lyndon Johnson, Barbara Jordan, Ralph Yarborough, Jim Wright, and John Tower. Demonstrating the validity of a biographical approach to history, the book as a whole covers all the major political issues of the twentieth century, as well as the pivotal role of Texans in defining the national agenda.... doing whatever work was available a€” chopping cotton, clerking at the local grocery store, doing manual labor in a brick factory. ... In fact, he soon tried to escape poverty with his fists, boxing professionally as a middle-weight in Chicago, Detroit, and New York ... 2 But an equally good reason for quitting the ring was a young woman named Marie Louella Lyster, whom he had met at a fair in Weatherford.

Title:Profiles in Power
Author:Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr., Michael L. Collins, Patrick Cox
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2010-01-01


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