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Sam Houston and Texas: A Giant Man for a Giant Land (1986)

San Antonio Public Library

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  •  Sam Houston’s early life 
  •  Woodland, Houston’s home in Huntsville 
  •  A failed marriage upends Houston’s political hopes 
  •  Move to Texas 
  •  Houston during the Texas Revolution 
  •  Marriage to Margaret Lea 
  •  Fight for annexation 
  •  The slavery debate and the Civil War 
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This 1986 episode of American Lifestyle, entitled “Sam Houston and Texas: A Giant Man for a Giant Land,” takes a closer look at the legacy of one of Texas’s most prominent historical figures. Hosted by actor E. G. Marshall, the program chronicles several important events in Houston’s life, from his political career in Tennessee to his role in the Texas Revolution to finally his disapproval of secession. The episode also tours historical sites around Huntsville, including the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, the Steamboat House, and Woodland, Houston’s primary residence.