Today in the Republic of Texas
by Hal Kopel
For nine years, the Republic of Texas stood alone as a new nation against overwhelming odds. Hostile Indians, invading Mexican armies and a disinterested neighboring United States, threatened its very existence. By the time annexation came in 1845, Texas has achieved some financial stability and recognition by four European nations. Hal Kopel has taken these turbulent times and presented them to the reader as if being reported for a newspaper of the day.
Beginning in late 1835 with the Texian capture of the Alamo, the author gives the important events up to the annexation ceremony held February 19, 1846. These "news reports" allow the reader to witness the saga of Texas history as it unfolds during this period. Many quotations throughout the stories are verbatim from original stories. Also, many original diaries and histories written at the time as well as contemporary descriptions of Texas have been used to give the reader an exciting journey through the Republic of Texas.
Hal Kopel was a freelance writer and newspaper columnist, and a writer-producer of documentary films. He was formerly Vice President of Esquire, Inc., Senior Producer of Encyclopedia Britannica Films, and President of Coronet Films, Coronet Films (also Coronet Instructional Media Inc.) was a leading producer and distributor of many American documentary shorts shown in public schools, mostly in the 16 mm format, from the 1940s through the 1980s (when the videocassette recorder replaced the motion picture projector as the key audio-visual aid) ...