Robert Maberry Jr., author.
The Lone Star State takes its name from the icon on its famous flag, a flag whose story adds a unique dimension to the dramatic history of Texas. In the flag's early incarnations, homespun cotton, ladies’silk dresses, and various other goods provided the materials used for banners to lead Texans in battle and in nation-building. Historian Robert Maberry, Jr., skillfully traces the use of the lone star symbol in the nineteenth century and describes in detail the various flags that have either incorporated it or used other symbols altogether.
The Texas flags pictured and described in this book were historical objects often of considerable artistry and, in many cases, ingenuity on the part of their makers in times of scarcity. Some of these historic flags still exist and remain sources of inspiration. Their stories, and those of other banners that have long since disappeared, reveal much about the cultural and aesthetic preferences of the age in which they were fashioned and about the political winds in which they were unfurled.
2004 Certificate of Commendation, presented by the American Association for State and Local Preservation
2002 Kate Broocks Bates Award for Historical Research, presented by the Texas Historical Association
2002 Ottis Lock Award, presented by the East Texas Historical Association
2001 Award of Merit Runner-up for Best Book Published on Texas, presented by the Philosophical Society of Texas
2001 T.R. Fehrenbach Award, presented by Texas Historical Commission
2001 Ottis Lock Award for Best Book, presented by the East Texas Historical Association