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

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Editor: Deborah M. Liles and Angela Boswell
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Hardcover ISBN-13: 9781574416510
Physical Description: 6x9. 336 pp. 17 b&w photos. 4 maps. Notes. Index.
Publication Date: October 2016
  • Winner of the Ottis Lock Award for Best Book on East Texas History, East Texas State Historical Association, 2017
  • Liz Carpenter Award For Best Book on the History of Women 2016

Women in Civil War Texas is the first book dedicated to the unique experiences of Texas women during this time. It connects Texas women’s lives to southern women’s history and shares the diversity of experiences of women in Texas during the Civil War.

Contributors explore Texas women and their vocal support for secession, coping with their husbands’ wartime absences, the importance of letter-writing, 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.

This is an excellent survey of the lives of the women in the Lone Star State. It fills a needed gap in the story of Civil War Texas.” —Anne J. Bailey, coeditor of Civil War Arkansas

About Author:

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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