The University of Texas at Austin is more liberal than the rest of the state of Texas, and some have compared UT-Austin to the liberal institution of the University of California at Berkeley. Washington-on-the-Brazos was the birthplace of Texas independence.
“Berkeley-on-the-Brazos” is a recent nickname (since at least 2000) for UT-Austin.
Wikipedia: Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas
Washington-on-the-Brazos was a settlement along the Brazos River in Texas, then part of Mexico, which was the site of the Convention of 1836 and the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence. The name “Washington-on-the-Brazos” was used to distinguish the settlement from “Washington-on-the-Potomac”.
On March 1, 1836, Washington, a small, ramshackle town built next to a ferry landing on the Brazos River became the birthplace of the Republic of Texas. It was here that delegates elected from each municipality in Texas convened in an unfinished building in near-freezing weather to declare Texas’ independence from Mexico, write a new constitution and organize an interim government.
The delegates declared independence on March 2, 1836. A constitution was adopted on March 16. The delegates worked until March 17, when they had to flee, along with the people of Washington, to escape the advancing Mexican Army. The townspeople returned after the Mexican Army was defeated at San Jacinto on April 21. Town leaders lobbied for Washington’s designation as the permanent capital of the Republic of Texas, but leaders of the Republic passed over Washington in favor of Waterloo, which later was renamed Austin.
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From: John A. Stovall
Subject: Re: U.S. govt surrenders TEXAS to MEXICO
>Good riddance. Except for Austin. Can we keep Austin?
No! Berkeley on the Brazos should be the first to go.
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havehoewilltravel Wed Nov-27-02 09:06 PM
Austin - also known as “Berkeley on the Brazos”.
Daily Torreador (Texas Tech)
Sargent is bound to get a lot of attention in Austin from the students at “Berkeley on the Brazos” (a.k.a. UT) with these cartoons, because he offers futile hope to the desperate Democrats who are fighting a losing battle in Texas.
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“They worry about it becoming ‘Berkeley on the Brazos,’” he chuckles, referring to the Texas river.
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Austin is a great place for him though…most of the Texas libs live there.
They don’t call it “Berkeley on the Brazos” for nothing. It’ll take a hazardous waste team to clean up the mess after they’re done drooling all over him.
8 posted on 02/22/2007 7:37:19 PM PST by WTSand