Where Texas Meets the Sea

9781477312247: Paperback
Release Date: 26th February 2019

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 368

Series Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage Series

University of Texas Press

Where Texas Meets the Sea

Corpus Christi and Its History

Paperback / £20.99

Introduction1. A City over Space and across Time2. A Texas Seaport in Texas Lore3. City on a Frontier of Peoples4. Public Sculpture and Civic Identity5. A Matter of Little Import6. A Dynamic and Progressive CityConclusionAcknowledgmentsNotesIndex

Alan Lessoff is Professor of History at Illinois State University. A specialist in U.S. and comparative urban history, he has written, cowritten, or edited five previous books, most recently, Fractured Modernity: America Confronts Modern Times, 1890s to 1940s, edited with Thomas Welskopp.

"This is the most sophisticated and compelling urban history set in Texas, and an excellent contribution to the growing body of literature that traces the sometimes-bloody meeting of Anglo and Mexican cultures along the borderlands. A meticulously researched, gracefully written work of considerable originality and importance."

Benjamin Johnson, Loyola University Chicago, and author of Revolution in Texas: How a Forgotten Rebellion and Its Bloody Suppression Turned Mexicans into Americans and Bordertown: The Odyssey of an American Place


"An important contribution to the growing body of work on Sunbelt cities. . . . [It] proves that the history of successes, anxieties, and new starts in ‘peripheral’ cities might be just as important, if not more so, than the urban monoliths of history and historiography such as New York and Chicago."

W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Studies, Pomona College, and author of Deep in the Heart of San Antonio: Land and Life in South Texas and On the Edge: Water, Immigration, and Politics in the Southwest


"Where Texas Meets the Sea is the definitive history of Corpus Christi. In this expansive and nuanced portrait of place, Alan Lessoff charts the captivating life of a dynamic and often misunderstood city. He tracks the storms—meteorological, political, cultural, and economic—that have shaped Corpus, and he renders the area and its people with rare insight. The city has long been overlooked by historians, and it’s rarely been put in its deserved larger context, but in Where Texas Meets the Sea, Lessoff ends the silence. It was worth the wait."

author of Corpus Christi: Stories and Remember Me Like This


"Lessoff’s call to recognize the rise of urban Texas is valuable and rewarding for both historians and local residents."

Western Historical Quarterly

"This book is a model for other historians to test in other places—in Texas, the Southwest, and other regions. It is a great urban history and an excellent source for readers both familiar with and new to the city’s history."

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

"An important contribution to the growing body of work on Sunbelt cities. . . . [It] proves that the history of successes, anxieties, and new starts in ‘peripheral’ cities might be just as important, if not more so, than the urban monoliths of history and historiography such as New York and Chicago."

Pacific Historical Review

"A well-researched and interesting addition to urban history in an understudied region. The author incorporates environmental history nicely and demonstrates why Corpus Christi has not been able to achieve long-term success like many of its neighboring cities."

Journal of Southern History