THE CONTEXT FOR TEXAS POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT
1. How has Texas changed politically, socially, and economically since World War II?
2. Discuss the changing Texas population and the effects on and implications for Texas
government and politics.
3. What are the main elements of the Texan Creed, and how has each shaped Texas
government and politics?
4. Identify the major ideologies in Texas and their characteristics? Compare and contrast
liberals and conservatives on their philosophy of government and their stands on the
major issues of today.
5. What is the nature of income distribution in Texas, and why does Texas ranks among
the most unequal states?
The Context for Texas Politics and Government
I am forced to conclude that God made Texas on his day off, for pure
entertainment, just to prove that all that diversity could be crammed into one
section of earth
- Author Mary Lasswell
Texas is neither southern nor western, Texas is Texas.
- Senator William Blackley
Wide open spaces, oil wells, longhorn cattle, pickup trucks, country music,
cowboy boots, barbecue, the Alamo, armadillos, chili cook-offs, the Dallas
Cowboys, “Texas twang”: these are images that come to mind for most
Americans when they think of Texas.
This chapter will explore the people and
the land that have shaped Texas politics and continue to make the Lone Star
state unique. Remember that politics and government structures flow from, and
are shaped by, the population, history, and economy of the political entity.
Therefore we must first understand Texans, their culture and their history to be
able to comprehend Texas politics and the government of the state of Texas.
The Roots of Texas Politics and Government
The roots of Texas politics and government are to be found in the early
settlers of a huge and varied land and the type of society and government they
Settlement Patterns in Texas History
The Tejanos or Mexican Settlers