“The United States of Texas”

Texas State History Museum, Austin
Image by DaveWilsonPhotography via Flickr

I’ve written a lot about Texas, both in my fiction and in this blog (most notably in my blog post on Texas regionalism), partly because Texas is so diverse it leaves room for a lot of literary exploration.  But many people outside Texas–and probably many people in Texas, as well–might not realize that Texas is not only big enough to contain several states of its own, its state constitution actually has a provision for doing just that:  Texas can, should it decide to, divide itself into as many as five separate states.

Today, my father–who was born in Southeast Texas and currently lives in the Texas Hill Country (that’s right: Texas is so big its regions get capitalized)–sent me a link to the first in a series of articles published by the Houston Chronicle about this unique political phenomenon.  I’ll definitely be paying attention to it this week.  Anyone who’s interested in Texas should do the same.

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