(Originally published in 1935 as Thus They Lived: Social Life in the Republic of Texas) In Daily Life,
the everyday tribulations and
joys of the pioneers of the Republic of Texas spring vibrantly to life.
Drawn primarily from diaries and letters of those who lived and
traveled in Texas during its earliest days, the book chronicles the
lives of the settlers in first-hand accounts, both of the working-class
farmer and of the leisurely dandy. Schmitz drew upon the manuscript
copy of William Boallert's account of his trip to Texas, as well as the
Mirabeau B. Lamar papers, the letters of Mary Austin Holley, the diary
of Daniel Hartzo and other primary sources.
Procuring or manufacturing basic
shelter & provisions, horrendous roads, threats of Indian attacks,
devalued currency, a brand new government and the ever-present spectre of disease made for
less-than-ideal living conditions in the fledgling nation. Out of these conditions were
borne the traits of genuine Texan hospitality and neighborly concern.
To relieve the stresses of pioneer life, the Texans passed the time
whittling, attended barbecues, and celebrated heartily at every
opportunity. They worked and, rightfully so, they played hard. This is their story.
|Author: Joseph William Schmitz, S.M.
Publication Data: 2007, Copano Bay Press Edition. Hardcover in dust jacket. 112 pages with bibliography and index.