General Texas Culture by City and Region
General Texas Culture by City and Region Pols 2312 (Political Science, Dr. Allen Saxe)
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General Texas Culture • Cities resale thing to private companies if it is fiscally advantageous o Sometimes a private group performs better than the city at certain tasks and management • Saudi Arabia has now taken over the U.S. as the world’s largest oil producer • 1980s Oil Boom in East Texas o Kilgore, Longview, and Tyler • Timber and Gas Companies o Luftkin, Texas • East Texas has a bad history of racism o This part of Texas is closest to the deep south • Gulf Coast o Port Arthur, Houston, Beaumont o Houston had jobs with oil, gas, and the ship channel § Largest city in Texas • 1/3 of the world’s petrochemicals come from Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi • in 1901 Beaumont was known as the spindletop o it was the biggest oil find in the world at the time o it took 2.5 weeks to bring the oil gusher under control o produced an enormous oil field § this eventually caught fire • many people thought it was the end of the world o this was due to the idea that we shouldn’t mess with God’s minerals • Houston became the great oil center of the world • Beaumont and Houston led to oil chemical complex • Galvestondwas supposed to be the premier city in the U.S. o 2 biggest port of immigration in the U.S. § boardwalk § In 1900, the largest natural disaster in American history happened • A hurricane came through Galveston and killed 8 to 10 thousand people o The Houston ship channel also ruined Galveston § 1915 § Sam Houston wanted Houston to be the capital of Texas • Gulf Coast Politics o Houston is a very liberal city o The surrounding towns are a mix of liberal and conservative • Austin o Class of cultures o High levels of homelessness and liberalism • Hill Country o German, Czechoslovakian, and some Poles o Includes the city of West, Texas and New Braunfels § Republican 150 years ago and republican today • Many of the immigrants were small entrepreneurs • It was the only republican area 150 years ago and remains republican today • El Paso and San Antonio o Similar in both history and economics o San Antonio § Big military, air force, and medical military § Ft. Sam Houston • Has a “liberal flavor” § this city has elected both republicans and democrats • this city is both liberal and conservative o El Paso § Ft. Blitz § Hispanic and Catholic influence § Liberal • North Texas o Conservative o Dallas is liberal and democratic o Fort Worth is the largest city in the state that is very conservative o Suburbs are very conservative § They usually involve people with a high income who have completed some form of higher education § Arlington, TX used to be a suburb but is now considered a city o Cities tend to be liberal and include people with lower incomes o Rural Texas is very conservative o Texas was run by democrats a long time ago
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