Texans are absolutely proud of their state and very proud that they are Texans. As far as Texans are concerned, all things are better here in Texas.
A popular bumper sticker is reading ‘I wasn’t born here, but I got to Texas as fast as I could.’ I’m working together with a man who grew to be an army brat, and he told me that in no state where he lived, people were referring to themselves by which state they live in first, like the people in Texas do.
In public schools and colleges, Texas government and history are mandated courses where the traditions of Texas are taught, and the fact that the state was an independent country before it joined the U.S. is a source of great pride, though that country had gone just about broke in its tenure of nine years, and applied for U.S. statehood to boost its economy.
Texas has a strong education system, both in the high school and college level. Also, in Texas, there are numerous locations that provide GED prep for people who need a second chance if they, for whatever reason, were not in the position to complete their regular high school curriculum.
Because of the fight for Texas independence and the Battle of the Alamo, Texans nowadays admire many legendary heroes that are representing the rugged and sturdy individualism that Texans are prizing so highly. Quite a few of these hero-stories have practically come to mythological status. James Bowie (who invented the Bowie knife) was dying on his bed when the defenders of the Alamo were offered the option to surrender by the Mexicans.
When he came aware of this, though, he persisted that his deathbed would be put in such a position that he also could help defend the fort. It is also said that Travis, one of the youngest men in the Alamo, and a senior officer at the fort, drew a line in the fort’s sand after the Mexican offer of surrender, and allow every defender who crossed that line to leave the fort. Well, nobody crossed that line…
The toughness of Texans was also recognized by Teddy Roosevelt who specifically came to San Antonio for recruiting the Rough Riders to partake in the 1898 Spanish American War. The Cowboy has also become a representation of Texas Individualism. Quite a few roads in downtown areas of Texas cities are actually former cattle trails, and we all know that cattle ranching is a way of life that’s still practiced and revered in Texas.
Another Texas pride symbol is the Wildcatter, the rough and ready persons who drill wildcat wells, exploration oil wells that are drilled in regions where so far no oil was discovered, the pioneers. They actually started the Texas oil industry, which is still the largest industry in Texas. Even Governor Rick Perry is trying to boost his Texas image: when he goes jogging he carries a gun. The story is that, when a coyote tried to attack his puppy, Perry shot the coyote. He is also reported to always wear his cowboy boots, and who knows, he may even wear them when he’s jogging (at maybe only for photo ops ….) Read also this post about Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Are Texans bragging too much?
Texans who have ‘s lived outside their paradise (okay, let’s say Texas) for a number of years, will say no. Texans have so much to be proud of. Much of what is seen as ‘bragging’ is actually no more than simply explaining to other people how wonderful the state of Texas is, and people who don’t know Texas have so many misconceptions about the state. For information about General John Forbes, check out this post.
Most Texans will say ‘Yes, most of what others call bragging is simply justified. But, then again, some isn’t. Texas is one of a kind in the way that it is among the few States that are able to stand on their own without any help from the U.S. federal government or any other State.