Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 1998


Published in Great Plains Research Vol. 8, No.1, 1998. Copyright © 1998 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Used by permission.


At the turn of the century, Texas maintained its nineteenth-century character as a rural, Southern, agriculture-based economy and society. The massive oil booms in the first half of this century propelled the state into a more modern, industrial, and urban role, breaking the old agricultural society's once dominant hold. In Bless the Pure &Humble, Nicholas George Malavis, focusing on the public and private sector functions of the petroleum business, has contributed significantly to the study of an important era in the evolution of modern Texas.