Baylor University Poage Library

Politics - Texas Style the Book

Politics - Texas Style is the appraisal of a long time participant on the Texas political scene of the obvious as well as underlying political issues and trends that have influenced politics in Texas over the years. Land, annexation, the frontier, the Civil War and reconstruction, prohibition, "relief" - are but a few of the prevalent issues from 1520 when the first efforts were made to establish vast empires in the New World, to the present time. Although not a conventional history of political parties, the book contains some rather readily available results of Texas elections. Neither is this a history of Texas Governors but rather the focus is on political issues that controlled public attention. Based much on personal observations, the writer's more analytical comments are directed at the changes in what the people expect and demand of government and probably very few politicians have ever dared to speak as frankly about contemporaries.

This is one of 1,400 volumes given to Baylor University by Congressman W. R. Poage. Congressman Poage wrote the book and had it printed at his own personal expense. Therefore, any payment made for the book goes to Baylor University and will be used by Baylor for the purpose of financing the construction of W. R. POAGE CONGRESSIONAL LIBRARY on the Baylor campus. Your contribution for the book, payable to Baylor, is treated as a tax deductable donation. This Library will be the recipient of all of Congressman Poage's historic files, as well as the papers of other Congressmen and Legislators. It is expected to be one of the most comprehensive Legislative libraries available at any University Graduate School in the country. Your contribution to Baylor for this book will help build this great research center.

About the Author

United States Congressman W. R. Poage, Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, has served the Eleventh District of Texas for nearly 38 years. His leadership and dedication goes far beyond the lines of this Central Texas District. However, because in these tireless years of service, Bob Poage has established himself firmly as a National Leader-A man that has devoted his life, not only to his constituents in the Eleventh Texas District, but also has been the undisputed champion of our nation's basic industry and resource-Agriculture. Throughout the world, Bob Poage is recognized as the one man that has brought more progress and stability to our national production of food and fibre than any one in our history. Through his leadership, our nation's farmers have emerged as the one industry that can produce more goods cheaper, than any country in the world. As a result of his wisdom, diligence and foresight, our farms and rural areas today are as modern as our cities. Rural Electrification, telephone service, water and sewer systems, conservation and resource development, Rural Economic and social development, and scores of other federal tools have provided America's farmers and ranchers the edge necessary to feed ourselves and a large part of the world, too. These accomplishments, and their efforts have not only been beneficial to farmers and ranchers, they have also been helpful to our entire population. Yes, there is no man more entitled to be honored by our nation's first complete Library of Congressional Affairs, to be located at a major university, than BOB POAGE.


For a great many years, Frances has spent many days of direct political work in my behalf. Every day she has worried over my political problems _even when they were not very big problems; and for nearly forty years she has provided that balance of interest, encouragement and direct involvement which every politician needs. I, therefore, lovingly dedicate this book to my wife, FRANCES COTTON POAGE who has contributed far more than she knows to Politics-Texas Style.


This book is not intended as a critical history. It contains very little, if any, subject matter not readily available to the historian. It is, however, written with the thought that it may be of some interest to the casual reader and of some little help to those who are concerned with the philosophy of the makers of our State's history. The book is deliberately written in the first person because it has always seemed to me that history is more interesting when presented first hand. Also, I have felt that if I could contribute anything at all to the understanding of our past it would necessarily be my own viewpoint and my personal recollections. Mechanically, the discussion is divided first into periods where certain overriding issues or problems controlled public attention. These periods are broken down to deal specifically with the actions of gubernatorial administrations simply as a convenient method of maintaining some sort of chronological order. The effort to give somewhat of a thumbnail sketch of our governors and other political leaders has resulted in some undesirable repetition but I have felt that it was helpful to make the discussion of each administration at least semi-independent. Again, this is not a history of Texas governors. There are already several good histories of our governors, but the movements of political change can probably be most easily divided by administrations. The vote in each election is given simply as a convenience for those who don't want to take the time to look it up elsewhere. The same can be said of the birth and burial dates and places of the governors. There is no effort here to cover politics on the National level. The discussion of certain figures of the National field is included only to explain their influence on State politics. The Addenda cover not only history but stories of human interest and of simple amusement. I hope they will make the subject matter of more interest. This book is intended to give relaxation as well as information to the average reader.