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The Texas Bookshelf is for single, specific books' reviews and author interviews . The Texas Parlor ranges more broadly than my other websites. The Young Texas Reader focuses on the youngest through teenagers. Texas Blog Notes surveys blogs of historical and literary interest. I've started a Will's Texana Youtube collecting channel where 1,000 videos are collected in 100 playlists . Find Will in Houston or at willstexana {at} yahoodotcom

Friday, March 05, 2010

Political History - Sharpstown - Oral history

Some folks point to the Sharpstown Scandal (ca. 1970-72) as a major turning point in modern political history.  The Texas Observer revives interest in Primary Election history in its recent article "When the Democrats Roamed ... A look back at the 1972 Democratic primary that changed the future of Texas politics" by Robert Green.   Of particular use to historians and political voyeurs is the almost 30 minutes of recent oral history collected by Green from Sissy Fahrenthold, Ben Barnes, and Mark White.  For our new immigrants and our children, be aware that once upon a time, a public perception arose that our Austin government was swayed by influential money.  Politics has changed so much, for instance, in 1970 some extolled a "golden-haired" hero, in 2010 some extoll "Mr. Goodhair."  Read and listen at :

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