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Come and Take It is a talk show about Texas, by Texans. Three friends born and raised in Texas share their views on the state’s history, culture, and just what it means to be Texan.

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Mike Zolkoski
Scott Elfstrom
Sean McIver

#86: Sam Houston Part 3

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After doing as much as anyone else to achieve victory for Texans during its revolution, Sam Houston shepherded the young Republic through its turbulent decade of independence, and continued to serve his beloved Texas into the disruption of secession and the Civil War.

Before we begin… What’s your favorite historical Texas headgear?

  • The Sam Houston Memorial Museum, on the campus of Sam Houston State University, is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the life of Texas’ First Citizen. Houston’s famous Steamboat house is also on the grounds of the museum. Visit the next time you’re in Huntsville!

  • When the young Senator from Massachusetts John F. Kennedy took an absence from Congress in 1954 for back surgery, he took the recovery time as an opportunity to examine the nature of political courage. Sam Houston’s stance against the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which eventually cost him his own Senate seat, was one of Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage.

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