Unit 12

Unit 12: Issues Facing Contemporary Texas

During this unit, students complete their study of Texas history by examining the economic patterns, cultural patterns and changing demographic patterns in contemporary Texas. Students study about the economic boom that has characterized Texas for the latter half of the twentieth century and twenty first century, the multi ethnic contributions that characterize culture in Texas today, and the challenges Texans face as demographics change in Texas during the twenty first century.


Following the Second World War Texas developed a diversified economy, continued to urbanize, and integrated with global markets.

  • What new industries developed in Texas during the 1950s and 1960s?
  • What was characteristic of urban growth in Texas in the late 1900s?
  • What happened to the Texas economy in the 1980s because of the drop in oil prices and a banking scandal?
  • How has urbanization affected the environment of Texas?
  • How has economic growth in Texas been affected by globalization?

Texas continues to experience urban growth, and culture in Texas continues to be shaped by the contributions of many individuals and groups.

  • Which Texans have made significant contributions to the arts in Texas and what were those contributions?
  • In what ways does culture in Texas reflect the contributions of various immigrant groups?

Texas continues to maintain the prosperity and quality of life Texans have come to enjoy, while facing the challenges of the twenty-first century.

  • What population predictions are demographers making about Texas in the 21st century?
  • How will Texas address the demands for public education, healthcare and transportation in the 21st  century?
  • How will Texas provide energy and water to a growing population while protecting the environment in the 21st century?
  • How will Texans continue to be civically engaged in the 21st century?


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