Women in Civil War Texas: Diversity and Dissidence in the Trans-Mississippi

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Deborah M. Liles, Angela Boswell
University of North Texas Press, Oct 15, 2016 - History - 320 pages
Women in Civil War Texas is the first book dedicated to the unique experiences of Texas women during the Civil War. It fills the literary void in Texas women’s history during this time, connects Texas women’s lives to southern women’s history, and shares the diversity of experiences of women in Texas during the Civil War.  An introductory essay situates the anthology within both Civil War and Texas women’s history. Contributors explore Texas women and their vocal support for secession and in support of a war, coping with their husbands’ wartime absences, the importance of letter-writing as a means of connecting families, and how pro-Union sentiment caused serious difficulties for women. They also analyze the effects of ethnicity, focusing on African American, German, and Tejana women’s experiences. Finally, two essays examine the problem of refugee women in east Texas and the dangers facing western frontier women.  These essays develop the historical understanding of what it meant to be a Texas woman during the Civil War and also contribute to a deeper understanding of the complexity of the war and its effects.

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Introduction Angela Boswell
Everyone Has the War Fever Vicki Betts
Caroline Sedberry Politicians Wife Dorothy Ewing
He Said She Said Beverly Rowe
Finding Joy through Hard Times Brittany Bounds
Black Texas Women and the Freedom War Bruce A Glasrud
Black Women and Supreme Court Decisions during the Civil War Era Linda S Hudson
MexicanTexan Women in the Civil War Jerry Thompson and Elizabeth Mata
Courage on a Texas Frontier Judith DykesHoffman
In Favor of our Fathers Country and Government Rebecca Sharpless
They Call Us All Renegades in Tyler Candice N Shockley
Not Your Typical Southern Belles Deborah M Liles
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Deborah M. Liles teaches history at the University of North Texas and is the author of Will Rogers Coliseum and several journal articles. Angela Boswell is professor of history at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and the author of Her Act and Deed: Women’s Lives in a Rural Southern County, 1837-1873, which won the TSHA Liz Carpenter Award.

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