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Dr. Stephen L. Hardin, professor of history at McMurry University in Abilene and author of the Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution,was named winner of an essay contest exploring the topic of Texas exceptionalism. The Texas Historical Foundation, a preservation organization that is celebrating its 60-year-old anniversary this year, sponsored the competition.

The purpose of the essay contest was to celebrate the state’s unique spirit, culture, history, and traditions.Writers were asked to explore the reasons for the pride, love, loyalty, and spirit that Texans have long had for the Republic and State.

According to THF President David Martinez, of Corsicana, “Dr. Hardin’s winning essay skillfully, and with a great sense of humor, argues that the concept of Texas ‘exceptionalism’ is a distinctive identity shaped by Lone Star history and a mindset embraced by each generation of Texans.