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Progressive Country: How the 1970s Transformed the Texan in by Jason Mellard

By Jason Mellard

During the early Nineteen Seventies, the nation’s turbulence was once keenly mirrored in Austin’s kaleidoscopic cultural hobbies, really within the city’s innovative state song scene. shooting a pivotal bankruptcy in American social background, Progressive Country maps the conflicted iconography of “the Texan” through the ’70s and its impression at the cultural politics of next decades.

This richly textured journey spans the inspiration of the “cosmic cowboy,” the highbrow heritage of collage of Texas folklore and historiography courses, and the advanced political historical past of late-twentieth-century Texas. Jason Mellard analyzes the advanced courting among Anglo-Texan masculinity and nearby and nationwide identities, drawing on cultural experiences, American reports, and political technological know-how to track the consequences and representations of the multi-faceted personas that formed the face of robust social justice hobbies. From the loss of life of Lyndon Johnson to Willie Nelson’s picnics, from the United Farm staff’ marches on Austin to the spectacle of Texas stylish at the streets of recent York urban, Texas mattered in those years no longer easily as a spot, yet as a repository of longstanding American myths and emblems at a old second during which that mythology used to be being deeply contested.

Delivering a clean tackle the that means and tool of “the Texan” and its repercussions for American heritage, this detail-rich exploration reframes the consequences of a populist second that keeps to motivate revolutionary change.

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