Come to Texas: Attracting Immigrants, 1865-1915 (Centennial by Barbara J. Rozek

By Barbara J. Rozek

“Come to Texas” prompt numerous ads, newspaper articles, and personal letters within the past due 19th century. Expansive acres lay fallow, able to be became to agricultural makes use of. Entrepreneurial Texans knew that drawing immigrants to these lands intended larger prosperity for the nation as a complete and for every little neighborhood in it. They became their palms to directing the flow of spatial mobility in American society to Texas. They instructed the “Texas tale” to whoever might learn it. during this publication, Barbara Rozek files their efforts, laying off mild at the value in their phrases in peopling the Lone superstar nation and at the optimism and hopes of the folk who sought to attract others.

Rozek lines the efforts first of the kingdom executive (until 1876) after which of personal enterprises, corporations, companies, and contributors to attract humans to Texas. The appeals, in no matter what shape, have been to hope—hope for reduce little one mortality premiums, enterprise and farming possibilities, schooling, marriage—and they mirrored the hopes of these writing. Rozek states in actual fact that the variety of phrases can't be confirmed to be associated on to the variety of immigrants (Texas skilled a inhabitants bring up of 672 percentage among 1860 and 1920), yet she demonstrates that realizing the trouble is itself important.

Using revealed fabrics and personal communications held in several information in addition to photos of promotional fabrics, she indicates the power and exuberance with which Texans promoted their local or followed domestic because the excellent domestic for others.

Texas is certainly an immigrant state—perhaps by means of future; definitely, Rozek demonstrates, by means of design.

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30 No sketches or photographs graced the forty-three-page document. Multiple tables, charts, and testimonials made up the substance of this Bureau of Immigration publication. In this format the pamphlet also succeeded in presenting an image of official information, unprejudiced by private business interests looking to make money from the immigrants. The tenor of the pamphlet can be seen by the repeated use of assumed authorities on topics of interest. For example, one section read, “For the information of the readers A BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION 35 hereof, I insert a letter from Col.

McAdam had “already sent over three hundred persons to Texas, most farmers, and many men of means” according to Loeffler’s report. 10 Loeffler’s continual push for adequate financial help meshes with the very caring image he and his bureau portrayed in the pages of the report. “All immigrants arrived have been properly taken care of, and no serious cause of complaint reported. ” He thus conveyed the image of a caring father facilitating the introduction of people into the state. ” Superintendent Loeffler included a copy of his circular to county officials, as well as a short printed schedule of favorable rates for transportation and lodging that the Texas Bureau of Immigration had been able to identify and share with potential settlers.

Great Britain also had a representative of the Texas Bureau of Immigration in the person of John T. McAdam with headquarters in Manchester. McAdam had “already sent over three hundred persons to Texas, most farmers, and many men of means” according to Loeffler’s report. 10 Loeffler’s continual push for adequate financial help meshes with the very caring image he and his bureau portrayed in the pages of the report. “All immigrants arrived have been properly taken care of, and no serious cause of complaint reported.

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