Texas women : their histories, their lives / [edited by] Elizabeth Hayes Turner, Stephanie Cole, Rebecca Sharpless.Material type: TextPublisher: Athens, Georgia : The University of Georgia Press, 2015Description: xv, 526 pages ; illustration : 24 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780820337449 (hardback : alkaline paper); 0820337447 (hardcover : alkaline paper); 9780820347202 (paperback : alkaline paper); 0820347205 (paperback : alkaline paper)Subject(s): Women -- Texas -- History | Women -- Texas -- Social conditions | Women -- Texas -- BiographyDDC classification: 305.409764 LOC classification: HQ1438.T4 | T58 2015Other classification: HIS036130 | BIO022000 | SOC028000
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"Texas Women : Their Histories, Their Lives engages current scholarship on women in Texas, the South, and the United States. It provides insights into Texas's singular geographic position, bordering on the West and sharing a unique history with Mexico, while analyzing the ways in which Texas stories mirror a larger American narrative. The biographies and essays illustrate an uncommon diversity among Texas women, reflecting experiences ranging from those of dispossessed enslaved women to wealthy patrons of the arts. That history also captures the ways in which women's lives reflect both personal autonomy and opportunities to engage in the public sphere. From the vast spaces of northern New Spain and the rural counties of antebellum Texas to the growing urban centers in the post-Civil War era, women balanced traditional gender and racial prescriptions with reform activism, educational enterprise, and economic development. Contributors to Texas Women address major questions in women's history, demonstrating how national and regional themes in the scholarship on women are answered or reconceived in Texas. Texas women negotiated significant boundaries raised by gender, race, and class. The writers address the fluid nature of the border with Mexico, the growing importance of federal policies, and the eventual reforms engendered by the civil rights movement. From Apaches to astronauts, from pioneers to professionals, from rodeo riders to entrepreneurs, and from Civil War survivors to civil rights activists, Texas Women is an important contribution to Texas history, women's history, and the history of the nation"-- Provided by publisher.
"This is a collection of biographies and composite essays of Texas women, contextualized over the course of history to include subjects that reflect the enormous racial, class, and religious diversity of the state. Offering insights into the complex ways that Texas' position on the margins of the United States has shaped a particular kind of gendered experience there, the volume also demonstrates how the larger questions in United States women's history are answered or reconceived in the state. Beginning with Juliana Barr's essay, which asserts that 'women marked the lines of dominion among Spanish and Indian nations in Texas' and explodes the myth of Spanish domination in colonial Texas, the essays examine the ways that women were able to use their borderland status to stretch the boundaries of their own lives. Eric Walther demonstrates that the constant changing of governments in Texas (Spanish, Mexican, Texan, and U.S.) gave slaves the opportunities to resist their oppression because of the differences in the laws of slavery under Spanish or English or American law. Gabriela Gonzalez examines the activism of Jovita Idar on behalf of civil rights for Mexicans and Mexican Americans on both sides of the border. Renee Laegreid argues that female rodeo contestants employed a "unique regional interplay of masculine and feminine behaviors" to shape their identities as cowgirls"-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Indian women who "carry gallantry still further than the men": a barometer of power in eighteenth-century Texas / Juliana Barr -- Spanish law and women in colonial Texas, 1719-1821: "I wish to make use of all laws in my favor" / Jean A. Stuntz -- The lives of enslaved women in Texas: changing borders and challenging boundaries / Eric Walther -- Sallie McNeil: a woman's higher education in antebellum Texas / Rebecca Sharpless -- Harriet Perry: a woman's life in Civil War Texas / Angela Boswell -- Capitalist women in central Texas, 1865-1880: "a ready market" / Robin C. Sager -- Adele Briscoe Looscan: a daughter of the Republic / Laura Lyons McLemore -- Ellen Lawson Dabbs: waving the equal rights banner / Ruth Hosey Karbach -- Marianna Thompson Folsom: laying the foundation for women's rights activism / Jessica Brannon-Wranosky -- Jovita Idar: the ideological origins of a transnational advocate for La Raza / Gabriela González -- Maternity wars: gender, race, and the Sheppard-Towner Act in Texas / Judith N. McArthur -- Frances Battaile Fisk: clubwoman and promoter of the visual arts in Texas / Victoria H. Cummins and Light T. Cummins -- Latinas in Dallas, 1910-2010: becoming new women / Bianca Mercado -- Oveta Culp Hobby: ability, perseverance, and cultural capital in the twentieth-century success story / Kelli Cardenas Walsh -- Ranch women and rodeo performers in post-World War 2 west Texas: a cowgirl by any other name - than feminist / Renee M. Laegreid -- Casey Hayden: gender and the origins of SNCC, SDS, and the Women's Liberation Movement / Harold L. Smith -- Julia Scott Reed: presenting the truth about African Americans in Dallas / W. Marvin Dulaney -- Barbara Jordan: the paradox of Black female ambition / Mary Ellen Curtin -- Hermine Tobolowsky: a feminist's fight for equal rights / Nancy E. Baker -- Mae C. Jemison: the right stuff / Jennifer Ross-Nazzal -- Epilogue: exploring women' stories: a personal perspective / Paula Mitchell Marks -- Writing Texas women's history: looking back, looking forward / Rebecca Sharpless, Elizabeth Hayes Turner, and Stephanie Cole.
Reviews provided by Syndetics
CHOICE ReviewThis synthesis of sorts on the historiography of Texas women is one of the most important contributions to Texas historiography in recent years; especially notable is the editors use of contributions on particular women who are important yet have remained understudied by historians. The essay authors include noted historians Juliana Barr and Jean Stuntz, who analyze women's lives in Indian and Spanish Texas. Gabriela González's essay on Jovita Idar illuminates how a Tejana activist took a more conservative approach in her advocacy for la raza during the early 20th century, while Nancy Baker's study of Hermine Tobolowsky shows how a feminist used the language of states' rights and limited government to advocate for women's suffrage. Other essays tackle such diverse subjects as cowgirls in post-WW II Texas; women's education during the antebellum period; Latinas in 20th-century Dallas; and biographies of prominent women who broke down gender barriers, such as Mae C. Jemison, the first African American woman to serve as an astronaut in NASA. The three editors are to be commended: there is not a single weak essay, and all of the contributions are analytical yet written in an engaging and readable style. Indispensable for anyone interested in the history of the Lone Star State. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. --Timothy Paul Bowman, West Texas A&M University
Author notes provided by SyndeticsElizabeth Hayes Turner (Editor)
ELIZABETH HAYES TURNER is a professor of history at the University of North Texas.
Stephanie Cole (Editor)
STEPHANIE COLE is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Rebecca Sharpless (Editor)
REBECCA SHARPLESS is an associate professor of history at Texas Christian University.