Texas education from the Republic to the Depression is a study of social change.
In 1850, some settlers’ schools were simply the shade of a tree; by 1938, San Antonio’s high school was declared the most outstanding school in the nation. The essay explores the decline of small local schools and the slow inclusion of minorities. Most of the book is an evocative collection of black-and-white photographs of Texas schools from the 1850s to the 1930s, grouped by region. Some of the schools are still in use. Some are mere ruins, although the kinetic energy of children echoes in the rusty swing sets and overgrown walls.