About the Authors

James L. Haley is the author of sixteen books, including several on Texas history. They include The Texas Supreme Court: A Narrative History, 1836–1986; Passionate Nation: The Epic History of Texas; Sam Houston; and a seventh-grade biography, Stephen F. Austin and the Founding of Texas. Haley, who lives in Austin, Texas, is the recipient of many prestigious book awards, including two Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America and two T. R. Fehrenbach Book Awards from the Texas Historical Commission. His latest book, The Shores of Tripoli, is the first of a series of adventure novels set in the U.S. sailing navy during the early 1800s. It will be published in 2016 by G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

Marilyn P. Duncan is an Austin-based writer, editor, and publications consultant. Among the books she has developed and edited for the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society are The Laws of Slavery in Texas, The Texas Supreme Court: A Narrative History, 1836–1986, and Common Law Judge: Selected Writings of Chief Justice Jack Pope of Texas. She is also the managing editor of the quarterly Journal of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society. As the Publications Director for the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs for many years, she led a variety of publishing programs, including the multi-year Guide to Texas State Agencies project and several public policy reports series.