Cal Jillson is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change; Texas Politics: Governing the Lone Star State; Congressional Dynamics; Constitution-Making: Conflict and Consensus in the Federal Convention of 1787; and The American Dream in History, Politics, and Fiction.
Praise for the Third Edition Lone Star Tarnished is an indispensable resource for students and faculty who want to get beyond the basics of understanding Texas government. Cal Jillson presents the often overlooked roots and development for how our current policies came to be. The eye-opening and unvarnished history enriches classroom discussions and provides a framework for understanding Texas public policy and the serious consequences and disparate impact on contemporary Texans. Cindy Castaneda, Eastfield College Texas and its government face significant, complex challenges. This revised and enhanced edition of Cal Jillson's Lone Star Tarnished not only affirms this but also helps us to understand these challenges with an engaging mosaic of history, data, and analysis, and encourages us to work for viable solutions. The new chapter on higher education is an excellent addition. This must-read book is an invitation to learn, to think critically, and to act, and I plan to continue to use it in my state government courses. Eric V. Morrow, Tarleton State University