From Slave to Statesman

From Slave to Statesman

The Legacy of Joshua Houston, Servant to Sam Houston

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Baker & Taylor
A biography of a slave who became a Texas statesman

Book News
Retells the life of an unusual man who was born a slave in Alabama in 1822 and who served General Houston's family as blacksmith, carpenter, architect, wheelwright, and driver. Houston freed him in 1862, and his free life was productive and successful. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Texas A
& M Univ

This is the story of the “other” Houston, Joshua, the slave of Margaret Lea until she married Sam Houston and moved to Texas in 1840. Joshua was unique among slaves: he was taught to read and write, and was allowed to keep money he earned. The story is set in a background of historical details about southern social history before, during, and after the Civil War.

Sources include slave autobiographies and biographies; Houston family letters; oral histories of descendants of both Houston families; birth, marriage and death records; land records and deeds; church and school records.

Publisher: Denton, TX : University of North Texas Press, c1993
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780929398471
Branch Call Number: TEX 920 HOU
Characteristics: xvii, 276p. : ill. ; 25cm
Additional Contributors: Monday, Jane Clements 1941-


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