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. 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.
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.
EP. 103: A Fair Likeness?
In the early 1920's, the City of Houston was building what would come to be known as Hermann Park. Its centerpiece was to be a statue of Sam Houston. Enrico Cerracchio won the contract and his creation was lauded nationwide. But one person really didn't like it...Sam Houston's son. He hated it so much, a Judge had to get involved. Hear about the story of Sam's statue in this episode of Wise About Texas.
Bonus Episode: The Juneteenth Legacy Project with Sam Collins III
Galveston native Sam Collins III had a vision to bring Texas history and the Juneteenth story to its home in a grand way. Enlisting the help of a team of artists, technology experts, and the Galveston community, the Juneteenth Legacy Project came to life at the very site where General Granger issued General Order No. 3. Learn about Galveston's newest civic asset and the need for more Texas history, not less, from Sam Collins III in this bonus episode of Wise About Texas.
Ep. 102: Juneteenth and the Celebration of Freedom
On June 19, 1865, union general Gordon Granger landed in Galveston and issued some general orders. His General Order No. 3 informed the people of Texas that all the slaves in Texas were now free. Since then, "Juneteenth" has been celebrated in Texas as the anniversary of emancipation. Juneteenth became an official Texas state holiday in 1980. In 2021, the U.S. followed Texas' lead and now a fateful day in Texas history is a holiday for the entire nation. Learn the history behind the emancipation proclamation and General Order No. 3 from the author who literally wrote the book on Juneteenth in this episode of Wise About Texas.
Ep. 101: The San Jacinto Battle Flag
The victorious Texians only carried one flag into the Battle of San Jacinto. It was a gift from the citizens of Newport, Kentucky to Sidney Sherman. After the revolution, the flag was sent back to Kentucky. But after several decades, the flag found its permanent home. Learn the fate of the San Jacinto battle flag in this episode of Wise About Texas.
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.
Great Texas History Lessons
Snoozed through Texas History when I was a kid in school but now love it and love my Texas! Thanks Ken!
A Much Needed History Lesson
Forget about the standard curriculum taught in Texas public schools, this is in a league far above that. Justice Wise will help you understand the great stories that make Texas unique. His ability to take a story and use it to frame the current events of its day makes it easy to connect to sometimes dry and uninteresting facts. The brevity also allows you to pop in an episode on your commute and complete a full history lesson before you reach your destination! Great podcast!