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39 . t h r e e gone to texas life in Milwaukee was good, but despite Herbert’s happiness in being with Fred, the reality of normal school teaching soon set in. Herbert’s teaching load was heavy: four classes in three subjects, while more favored faculty taught only three classes in two subjects.1 this was a matter of preferential treatment rather than merit, Herbert believed. He had little control over what he taught. “He had to teach what was handed to him at the opening of each term,” Fred explained; “mathematics, economics, ancient history, etc

xi Texas is an occasional but per sis tent part of the story this book tells. Much of the rawhide produced in West Texas in the last half of the twentieth century was sent to Japan to be pro cessed into leather there. Chapter 2, “Ushimatsu Left for Texas,” touches on the ways in which Texas has lived in a Buraku1 imaginary as a place that values rather than stigma- tizes human involvement in meat production. And, fi nally, I too am from West Texas and have been well served by that romantic imaginary in con- ducting my research on the leather industry in

NATIONAL FORESTS IN TEXAS The state of Texas has four national forests, all administered from the same forest supervisor’s office. The forests encompass more than 637,000 acres, all in the Pineywoods section of eastern Texas. The forests contain several lakes and reservoirs, several campgrounds, many miles of hiking trails, and five wilderness areas. Forest Supervisor’s Office: 701 N. 1st Street, Lufkin, TX 75901. The Texas national forests are in Region 8 of the U.S. Forest Service. 302 Angelina NF Davy Crockett NF Sabine NF Sam Houston NF 0 50 100 Miles N

CHAPTER PENNSYLVANIA,TEXAS, AND BIG OIL Although Texas had this almost boundless public domain, it was given away, dissipated, and squandered with a reckless abandon.... It was as carelessly disposed of as was the family fortune in the traditional proverb of the profligate son. — R A L P H W . YARBOROUGH in a fore- word to Thomas Lloyd Miller's The Public Lands of Texas, 1519-1970 This discovery set off the wildest, most irresponsible, and wasteful binge the oil industry has ever seen. —Chairman J IM C. LANGDON of the Texas Railroad Commission in

237 In June 2005 Uchizawa Junko, the freelance illustrator and writer I men- tioned in chapter 6, came to Lubbock, Texas, to tour ranching and slaughter- ing facilities. At the time I was a graduate student living in Chicago, fi nishing my oral exams and preparing for fi eldwork. I had only corresponded with Junko via e-mail. We had been introduced electronically by a mutual friend, Kadooka Nobuhiko, another freelance journalist who makes occasional ap- pearances throughout this book. Junko was working on a book detailing the meat production pro cess in

Land Use Politics, Texas Style Urban politics is above all the politics of land use, and it is easy to see why. Land is the factor ofproduc- tion over which cities exercise the greatest control. Paul Peterson / had rather die with a drink of water in my hand than a fistful of dollars. Helen Dutmer, member of the city council, San Antonio, Texas In the early 1970s, just as Congress sat down to debate national land use policy, San Antonians rose up to fight over the control of a large stretch of land on the north side of their city. The area blanketed

1 5 0 T W E N T Y-T H R E E Houston Toads and Texas Politics LAU R E N E. B ROWN AN D AN N M ESROB IAN Media hype has inaccurately portrayed amphibian declines as cataclysmic events of recent origin. It is more probable that de- clines in the United States began in earnest at least as far back as the mid-nineteenth century, shortly after the invention of the steel moldboard plow. Repeated use of this agricultural imple- ment results in a 5–8 cm thick compacted layer of hardpan 5–30 cm beneath the surface, which is probably impenetrable to many animals including

incommensurate with the damage that Wilkerson did to people’s careers.4 Producer Howard Koch offered one of the stranger comments on the apology, limning the themes of later films made about the Hollywood blacklist: “The real victims of the Blacklist were those who had Conclusion Old Wounds and the Texas Sharpshooter 9780520280670_PRINT.indd 273 04/02/14 3:39 PM 2 7 4 / C O N C L U S I O N the wrong last names or went to communist meetings just to pick up girls.”5 Hecky Brown, The Front’s tragic victim of the blacklist played by Zero Mostel, couldn’t have said it

Many species of endemic aquatic organisms inhabit the springs and water-filled caves of the Edwards Plateau region of central Texas. Most have limited distributions, and their existence is dependent upon the availability of clean water from subter- ranean sources (the Edwards Aquifer and associated aquifers). The Edwards Plateau is composed of uplifted karst limestone; water percolates through the limestone, recharges the under- ground reservoirs, and re-emerges from a large number of springs. The biggest and most well known of these springs are located along the

7 Regional Crossover Bands, I: Texas and Minnesota, 1930-1950 Our account of the triumph of ethnic-crossover music in the mainstream of American popular culture has linked it to na- tional conditions of time and performance, but developments at the regional level were also significant. In fact, localized musical activities in the early 1930s and thereafter helped to prepare the national audience to welcome polka-type music in general and the Glahe- Andrews Sisters-Robel versions of the "Beer Barrel Polka" in par- ticular. Certain states, cities, and