Topic: American history

The Failed Marriage That Shaped Texas Independence

March 2, 2017
H.W. Brands on Sam Houston's Failed Marriage

Historian H.W. Brands explains how the failure of Sam Houston's first marriage shaped Texas independence.

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Why Committing Ground Troops to Eradicate ISIS is a Bad Idea

Dec. 18, 2015

Isolating and defeating the terrorists is necessary, and it requires careful steps, not a rush to fan the flames of a rising fire.

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George Washington Letter Acquired by Briscoe Center

June 5, 2013

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin has acquired a letter written by George Washington.

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Why timing is everything for a successful president

Oct. 20, 2010
Why timing is everything for a successful president

In this QandA, H.W. Brands, the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History, discusses what President Obama could learn from Franklin Roosevelt's legacy, and why successful presidents must be a half-step - not a full step - ahead of the times.

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Education Notes: Early U.S. History and Culture Experts

June 12, 2008

Americans annually celebrate the Fourth of July, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence with fireworks, picnics and family gatherings. Scholars at The University of Texas at Austin are available to discuss their research on early American history, literature and culture, as well as perspectives on contemporary Independence Day traditions.

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