The Harness Maker's Dream

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The Harness Maker's Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas
AuthorNick Kotz
SubjectNathan Kallison
PublishedOctober 10, 2005
Texas Christian University Press

The Harness Maker's Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas is a 2013 book written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Nick Kotz,[1] published by Texas Christian University Press. It is Kotz' sixth book.


The book is a biographical portrait of Ukrainian immigrant Nathan Kallison and follows Kallison's journey as he flees anti-Semitic Russia and makes his way to the United States. Earning a living as a harness maker, Kallison quickly adapts to his new environment. After moving to San Antonio, Texas in 1899, he builds his one-room saddlery into the largest farm and ranch supply business in the Southwest and — a rarity among Jews in America — becomes a pioneer rancher. The Kallison Ranch shows his tradition-bound neighbors how to prosper by adopting the latest scientific advances in agriculture. At Kallison’s Store —an early “big-box’ department store for farmers and ranchers — he meets customers’ needs by selling everything from a wide range of agricultural supplies to furniture for their homes, clothing for their families, and tires for their cars.[2][3]


The Harness Maker's Dream is based on the life of Kotz' grandfather.[4][5] For the benefit of readers who are researching the history of Jewish immigrant families in Texas, Kotz has included an index, extensive notes, and a bibliography.[6]


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