New Texas History Movies by Jack Jackson


New Texas History Movies by Jack Jackson

Many will remember Texas History Movies , a cartoon booklet that was distributed to Texas history students from the 1920s through the 1960s by Mobil Oil with its familiar Flying Red Horse logo. For decades Texas History Movies taught thousands of school children the varied history of Texas, from Columbus to the discovery of oil. Though the original version is now considered racist, it was for many students their first and only taste of Texas history. It is with great pride that the Texas State Historical Association announces the publication of our newest version of this timeless Texas history classic by the late Jack Jackson, award-winning scholar and illustrator. The New Texas History Movies is a totally revised edition with new cartoon strips and text by Jackson. Jackson gained fame as an underground cartoonist in the 1960s and, later, as an independent scholar who specialized in the history of the Spanish presence in Texas. Jack took much pride in this revision, for the original Texas History Movies was a great inspiration to him. As Jackson states in the afterword, it was his objective to create a 'time-machine' effect that would make readers feel like they were there when the events occurred. He hoped that his rendition of the old classic, Texas History Movies , would 'grab' a few young minds and make them want to learn more about the interesting people and events briefly touched on in this booklet. It could almost be said that Jack's love for Texas history began with Texas History Movies ; and it is fitting that his work has come full circle with his rendition of this enduring Texas history classic. An Educator's Edition with additional content by Jana Magruder is available to help teachers incorporate this book into the seventh-grade curriculum. The TEKS-based guide contains activities and TAKS-based assessments for each chapter. It is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary connections between history and language arts teachers while building student skills in reading, writing, and social studies. Included in this Educator's Edition is a CD-ROM containing the materials necessary for easy classroom use.


[Jackson's] graphic novels... are beautifully rendered works, based on excellent scholarship, that tell the story of Texas with all the richness, depth, and complexity such a story deserves. - Austin Chronicle

About the Author

The late JACK JACKSON was the author of numerous books and articles, including Imaginary Kingdom: Texas as Seen by the Rivera and Rubi Military Expeditions, 1727 and 1767 and the award-winning Almonte's Texas: Juan N. Almonte's 1834 Inspection, Secret Report, and Role in the 1836 Campaign. JANA MAGRUDER, educator and author, has written numerous curriculum guides including the Educator's Guide for A Brave Boy and a Good Soldier: John C. C. Hill and the Texas Expedition to Mier and for the IMAX film, Texas: The Big Picture.

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50 pages


Jack Jackson
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Publication date

15th April 2007



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