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Sam Houston, Ashbel Smith and the Bayland Guards
August 2015  I JOHN BRITT - BAYTOWN HISTORIAN & COLLEGE PROFESSOR
There is a story — a wonderful story — concerning Sam Houston Jr., the eldest child of the eight that Margaret Lea Houston would bear for her husband, General Sam Houston, the hero of San Jacinto. Sam Houston, as I am sure many of you know, was opposed to secession and was removed from the governor’s office by the Texas Secessionist Convention. Houston and his wife and children sought refuge in the small cabin Houston had built at...  READ MORE
Viva Gonzalez! An American Story
July 2015  I JOHN BRITT - BAYTOWN HISTORIAN & COLLEGE PROFESSOR
One of the joys of teaching is to discover in your class some student whose family has experienced a brush with one of history’s truly defining moments.  And what a thrill it is to witness that student’s sudden recognition and appreciation of the role some family member played in that event. Several years ago, I lectured on the U.S. involvement in the Mexican Revolution in my American history class at Lee College. Even though this was a...  READ MORE
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