Bookcover: Legendary Ladies of Texas

Legendary Ladies of Texas

vol. 43: Publications of the Texas Folklore Society

August, 1994




45 b&w photos. 41 line illustrations.


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“The folklore folks have won the day with this… publication.” —Dallas Times Herald

“They influenced, fought for, loved and died in the state of Texas… these Texas women whose deeds have so struck the public imagination that they have become archetypes.” —Houston Post

A study of Texas women and the conflicting images and myths that have grown up about them! Texas women were activists. They ran ranches, branded cattle, lobbied the halls of the Texas Legislature, led strikes, ran hospitals, preached the gospel, got elected to public office and built major institutions. Women brought civilized life to hundreds of Texas towns by organizing libraries, museums, parks, symphony orchestras, Sunday schools, literary clubs and charitable organizations.

Contents: Sister María de Agreda, the mysterious Indian Angelina, the “Yellow Rose of Texas” Emily Morgan, the “Weeping Woman” La Llorona, Belle Starr, the “Crying Woman” of San Patricio, the “Goddess of Liberty” statue on the state capitol, Sally Scull, Sophia Porter, Elise Waerenskjold, Adah Isaacs Menken, Elisabet Ney, Mollie Bailey, Martha White McWhirter, “Aunt Dicy,” Ma Ferguson, Bonnie Parker, Janis Joplin, Electra Waggoner, “Babe” Didrikson, and such groups as the El Paso madams, honky tonk angels, and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.

About the Editor

FRANCIS EDWARD ABERNETHY was Regents Professor Emeritus of English at Stephen F. Austin State University, the executive secretary and editor of the Texas Folklore Society, the curator of exhibits for the East Texas Historical Association, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. In addition to editing twenty-one Texas Folklore Society publications, he wrote Singin’ Texas, Legends of Texas’ Heroic Age, and all three volumes of the Texas Folklore Society history, published by the University of North Texas Press.

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