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Wise About Texas presents Texas history in an engaging, scholarly and interesting way. You'll learn more about the Texas history you know, and a lot of Texas history you don't know. Most importantly, you'll come to understand the spirit of Texas! So get Wise About Texas!

Wise About Texas Ken Wise

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 801 Ratings

Wise About Texas presents Texas history in an engaging, scholarly and interesting way. You'll learn more about the Texas history you know, and a lot of Texas history you don't know. Most importantly, you'll come to understand the spirit of Texas! So get Wise About Texas!

    EP. 106: A Lea Family Tragedy

    EP. 106: A Lea Family Tragedy

    The Lea family were patriots.  Father Albert Lea was born in Tennessee and served in the Army after graduating West Point.  He went on to serve in various capacities by appointment of several different presidents.  His son attended the Naval academy and shot through the ranks as a Naval Officer.  But as the civil war approached, patriotism stood to pit father against son as each had to choose which country to fight for.  They would meet again, however, on the field of battle.  Learn the tragic tale of two good military men doing their best, and the tragic circumstances that war can bring, in the latest episode of Wise About Texas.

    • 21 min
    EP. 105: The Indian Trial Part 3: The Trial

    EP. 105: The Indian Trial Part 3: The Trial

    The trial of the century would be held in the old sandstone courthouse in Jacksboro. Finally, justice would be served...or would it? Fiery arguments, quick verdicts, legal wrangling, and back room negotiations would end the raiding, or so some thought. Ultimately, justice would be a moving target in this first-of-its kind case. Find out what happened in this final episode of the Indian Trial series.

    • 44 min
    Bonus Episode: Villa de Austin

    Bonus Episode: Villa de Austin

    The Texas Historical Commission is creating the opportunity to step back in time and visit the capital of Austin's colony, San Felipe de Austin. Reproductions of some of the town buildings will now sit mere yards from their original locations. Find out about this exciting new project from the project historian Michael Rugeley Moore in this bonus episode of Wise About Texas.

    • 46 min
    Ep. 105 The Indian Trial Part 2: The Raid

    Ep. 105 The Indian Trial Part 2: The Raid

    General Sherman toured northern Texas to see just how bad the Indian raiding was. He had his doubts. What he didn't know was just how close he came to a first-hand encounter! The party crossing the Salt Creek Prairie right after Sherman wouldn't be so lucky. As the Kiowa swept down toward Henry Warren's wagon train, the teamsters tried to circle the wagons. They didn't make it. The Indians were proud of their accomplishment but they would soon regret it. The American legal system kicked into gear at the behest of Indian Agent Lawrie Tatum. Soon the Indians would, for the first time, face a trial. Learn the details in part 2 of the Indian trial: The raid.

    • 35 min
    Ep. 105: The Indian Trial Part 1: People, Places, and Policy

    Ep. 105: The Indian Trial Part 1: People, Places, and Policy

    The western frontier of Texas moved backwards during the Civil War. Indian raids pushed the settlers toward safer ground. After the war, the raiding had become so bad that something had to be done. The federal government thought leading with diplomacy would solve the problem but the Texans wanted military action. An 1871 attack on a wagon train and the subsequent efforts to impose the rule of law on the frontier proved a turning point in U.S./Indian relations. Ripped from today's headlines, the Indian Trial teaches us valuable lessons...if we choose to learn. Learn more in Part 1 of the the latest episode of Wise About Texas.

    • 40 min
    EP. 104: The Great Pearl Rush

    EP. 104: The Great Pearl Rush

    Freshwater pearls have always been valuable finds, but one man found one in 1909 that was said to be worth a ton of money! All of a sudden, East Texas experienced a pearl boom. One person reported watching a thousand people combing lake bottoms hoping to strike it rich. Hear about the East Texas pearl frenzy in the latest episode of Wise About Texas.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

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801 Ratings

801 Ratings

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Texas Greatest Podcast!!

Incredible and exciting history highlights!

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Better that I’d imagine

Michel Berry recommend this podcast, being a 5th generation Texan as well and a perpetual student of Texas history, found the episodes I’ve listened to quite educational.

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Texas Wisdom and Texas History

Ken Wise not only dispenses justice in Texas, as a Justice on the 14th Court of Appeals, but also Texas wisdom and history. I was fortunate to have good history teachers during my schooling. Wise About Texas continues that top notice education during my continuing education. Everyone interested in history and in Texas needs to subscribe and listen to Justice Wise’s podcast.

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