A comparative approach to Western religious history: Texas as a case study, 1845-1890
History and Philosophy
Despite the established Roman Catholic presence in Spanish and Mexican Texas and the early success of "Bible-thumping Protestantism" in the Republic of Texas, any claim of uniqueness of early Texan religious history is mythical hyperbole. In comparison with the rest of the United States, organized religion in Texas was neither typical nor unique. Its profile was determined by migration patterns, economic development, and denominational decisionmaking, as in the rest of the nation. Not until after 1870 did religion in Texas begin to diverge from national patterns. In the final two decades of the 19th century, conservative Protestantism came to dominate the Texas scene.
Pritchard, L. K. (1988). A comparative approach to Western religious history: Texas as a case study, 1845-1890. Western Historical Quarterly, 19(4), 413–430.