Texas Women : Their Histories, Their Lives.

By: Turner, Elizabeth HayesContributor(s): Cole, Stephanie | Sharpless, RebeccaMaterial type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksSouthern women (Athens, Ga.): Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, 2015Description: 1 online resource (545 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780820347905; 0820347906Subject(s): Women -- Texas -- History | Women -- Texas -- Social conditions | Women -- Texas -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Texas Women : Their Histories, Their Lives.DDC classification: 976.40082 LOC classification: HQ1438.T4 T58 2014Online resources: Click here to view this ebook. Scope and content: "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.Scope and content: "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.
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"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.

"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.

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This 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

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Elizabeth 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.

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