Eugene C. Barker, in the words of his biographer, "did more than any other historian to show the influence that Texas exerted in shaping the destiny of the United States." As a scholar, Barker furthered the study of Texas and expanded the Texas State Historical Association. In 1925, he published the first biography of Stephen F. Austin. Through this and other works, Barker made narratives of the borderlands central to American history.
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Image: Portrait of Eugene Barker, n. d. Eugene C. Barker papers, di_02310, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.