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ANGLO AMERICAN WOMEN
IN TEXAS, 1820 - 1850

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by MARGARET S. HENSON

1st ed., July 1982, 30 pages, $10.95
ISBN 978-0-89641-104-3  Review Shopping Cart


This essay is a revisionist history of frontier women, which tries to dispel some of the myths about Anglo American women in early Texas. Contrary to popular and highly romanticized stories of pampered, delicate women who were unprepared for the hardships that awaited them, the author asserts that most of the Anglo women who came to Texas during this period were indeed prepared for the usually brief period of privation they faced. Those who could afford improvements soon acquired the comforts enjoyed by contemporaries in settled areas and most women, after a time, were able to live in a similar manner to what they had before moving to Texas. The helpless bell is, for the most part, a myth created by romantic writers of a later period.

Contents

Chapter 1: INDIANS

Chapter 2: TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION

Chapter 3: CLOTHING

Chapter 4: HOUSES AND HOUSEKEEPING

Chapter 5: FOOD

Chapter 6: ENTERTAINMENT

Chapter 7: CULTURE AND EDUCATION

Chapter 8: EARNING A LIVING

Chapter 9: THE LAW AND WOMEN IN TEXAS

Chapter 10: MEDICAL TREATMENTS

Chapter 11: THE RUNAWAY SCRAPE

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About the Author

Margaret S. Henson completed a B.A. in 1962, 21 years after starting college and after five children and many moves following the oil business. She spent seven years teaching in the Houston public schools during which time she finished an M.A. in History. When the University of Houston started its Ph.D. program in history in the late 1060's, Henson became the first graduate in 1972 when she was a grandmother. Her dissertation, published as SAMUEL MAY WILLIAMS: EARLY TEXAS ENTREPRENEUR, won the Summerfield G. Roberts Award in 1976 for the best Texana from the Sons of the Republic of Texas. She has taught at the downtown campus of the University of Houston and Houston Community College. For three years she was the archivist for the Houston Metropolitan Archives project, an NEH funded endeavor to locate city, county, and private records of Houston and harris County. For two years she served as the project director for historical projects for the Southwest Center for Urban Research. She is currently Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Houston at Clear Lake City.

 

 

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