The Portal to Texas History 2017 Research Fellowship Awardee - Gregg Cantrell

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The University of North Texas Libraries invite applications for the 2017 The Portal to Texas History Research Fellowship. Research using the Portal is relevant to studies in a variety of disciplines including history, journalism, political science, geography, and American studies. We encourage applicants to think creatively about the opportunities that research with large digital library collections can enable. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate the greatest potential for publication and the best use of The Portal to Texas History.

The Portal to Texas History 2017 Research Fellowship Awardee

Gregg Cantrell

Project Title

The People’s Revolt: Texas Populists and the Roots of American Liberalism

Project Description

This project is a history of the Texas Populist Party of the 1890s. Populism was arguably the most successful and important third-party movement in American History, and Texas was the birthplace of Populism and home to more Populists than any other state. The ideas of Texas Populists were instrumental in the shaping of American liberalism in the twentieth century.


Gregg Cantrell holds the Erma and Ralph Lowe Chair in Texas History at Texas Christian University. He is the author of several books and articles, including Stephen F. Austin: Empresario of Texas. He is a coauthor of the bestselling Texas History textbook, The History of Texas, coauthored with Robert A. Calvert and Arnoldo De León. In 2013-2014 he was president of the Texas State Historical Association, and he is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.