When native Houstonian James P. Bevill began writing the book on the early money of Texas four years ago, it began as an outline of the various forms of paper money and the circumstances which led to their issue during the Republic of Texas era (1836-1846). As he dug deeper into the inner workings of the early Texas Treasury, Bevill unearthed the dramatic economic story of a young government struggling to survive in the throes of a global credit crisis by issuing a plethora of paper obligations in order to survive.
Bevill’s book, The Paper Republic: The Struggle for Money, Credit and Independence in the Republic of Texas, was featured at the 2009 Texas Book Festival in Austin, where it met with rave reviews. According to Dr. Bruce Winders, Curator and Historian at the Alamo , “The Paper Republic is history on both the grand and small scale. Moreover, it presents readers with valuable insight into the Republic of Texas that will forever change their view of the revolution and its aftermath.”
The book evolved into a powerful financial story on the economic roots of Texas, ranging from the earliest days of Spanish colonization, through the war for independence and the massive buildup of debt through the paper money system under Presidents Burnet, Houston, Lamar and Jones – creating a financial house of cards which eventually led to the annexation of Texas by the U.S. in 1845. This fully illustrated tome enhances the reader’s experience by literally following the money through the Republic era to the climactic and shocking chain of events which occurred following Texas’ admission as one of the United States.
Bevill will discuss “Financing the Texas Revolution” and sign copies of the book on Tuesday, Dec 8 at the Lone Star Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas, at Alamo Joe’s Restaurant, 4747 Research Forest Dr, Ste 475 in the Woodlands. Cost is $15. The public is invited. Call 281-467-8146 for information.
The Sons of the Republic of Texas is an organization of direct descendents of
the original residents of the Republic of Texas (1836-1846) and are committed to “promoting, preserving, and protecting Texas history for over a century". The Lone Star Chapter serves the Woodlands, Conroe and Montgomery county areas and hosts meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. The book is a new release by Bright Sky Press, 2009. http://www.brightskypress.com/
Author - The Paper Republic
Honorary Member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas
San Jacinto Chapter