By Harold Joseph Laski
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In 1988, 113 banks failed. Property foreclosures set new state records in 1987 and 1988. Former Governor John Connally and former Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes were among the thousands of Texans forced to declare bankruptcy. Economic poverty was only one of the miseries that visited Texas in the 1980s. 7 Most of the crimes committed were related to property and were probably a consequence of the demand for illegal drugs, which constantly increased despite intense public relations and interdiction efforts at the national level.
Many of the political patterns discussed in this book are easier to understand within the context of the Texas blend of cultures. Not all Texans have shared the beliefs and attitudes that will be described here. In particular, as will be discussed in more detail in Chapter 5, African Americans and Mexican Americans have tended to be somewhat separate from the political culture of the dominant Anglo majority. Nevertheless, both history and present political institutions have imposed clear patterns on the assumptions that most Texans bring to politics.
The state was once again a major military training site; several bases and many out-of-state trainees remained after the war. More than 750,000 Texans served in the armed forces and thirty-two received Congressional Medals of Honor. Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox claimed that Texas contributed a higher percentage of its male population to military service than did any other state. PO S T WA R T E X A S By 1950, profound changes had occurred in Texas society. The state’s population had shifted from largely rural to 60 percent urban in the decade of the 1940s, the number of manufacturing workers had doubled, and Texas had continued to attract outside capital and new industry.
An Introduction to Politics by Harold Joseph Laski