Women and the Texas Revolution
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of North Texas Press
Title Page, Copyright page, Dedication
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An edited book necessarily incurs many scholarly and technical debts to individuals who contributed to the volume. Most importantly, I am particularly indebted to the seven fine scholars who lent their skill and expertise to this project. They cheerfully agreed, with some coaxing, to research a specific group of Texas...
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The Texas Revolution, 1835–1836, changed the course of history for the residents of Mexico’s northernmost province. Most individuals living on the Texas frontier during the 1820s and 1830s were subjects of a ruling regime thousands of miles away. Hispanic families already living in the region mingled with Anglo newcomers...
1. Continuity, Change, and Removal: Native Women and the Texas Revolution
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Understanding what impact the Texas Revolution had on Native American women requires an understanding of the experience of Native Americans in Texas from the decline of Spanish influence through Mexican independence in 1821 and eventual Texas statehood in 1845. ...
2. Tejanas: Hispanic Women on the Losing Side of the Texas Revolution
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In 1821, when Mexico received its independence from Spain, the Hispanic population in Texas had been decimated by the fighting. The three population centers, San Fernando de Béxar (San Antonio), La Bahía (Goliad), and Nacogdoches, had only a few thousand people total. Indian groups dominated the rest of Texas. ...
3. “Joys and Sorrows of Those Dear Old Times”: Anglo-American Women during the Era of the Texas Revolution
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On April 28, 1833, Dilue Rose from St. Louis, Missouri, celebrated her eighth birthday onboard a schooner traveling from New Orleans to Matagorda Bay, Texas. The small vessel, carrying her parents, brother Granville, sister Ella, and other adventurers, encountered high winds and ran aground on a sand bar off Galveston Island...
4. Traveling the Wrong Way Down Freedom’s Trail: Black Women and the Texas Revolution
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Spanish Texas was not a great place to be a woman of African descent. Black women in Texas suffered from social and legal constraints upon their freedom. Spanish society left a legacy of racism that relegated blacks to the lowest caste and allowed many to be held as property until the Mexican Revolution concluded in 1821. ...
5. Two Silver Pesos and a Blanket: The Texas Revolution and the Non-Combatant Women Who Survived the Battle of the Alamo
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On February 23, 1836, seven women and seven children took refuge in the Alamo for thirteen days as Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna, with a major part of his army, entered San Antonio’s main plaza to do battle against insurgent Texans, both Anglos and Tejanos. The women with their children entered the Alamo...
6. “Up Buck! Up Ball! Do Your Duty!”: Women and the Runaway Scrape
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The Runaway Scrape during the spring of 1836 constitutes one of the most noteworthy and poignant chapters of the Texas Revolution, in large part because it touched the lives of almost all Anglo-Americans in the province whether soldier or civilian. The “Runaway Scrape” quickly became the term used by those involved to describe the flight...
7. “To the Devil with your Glorious History!”: Women and the Battle of San Jacinto
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On April 20–21, 1836, the battle of San Jacinto took place between the Texas army under General Sam Houston and a division of the Mexican army under General Antonio López de Santa Anna. During the afternoon of April 21, the Texans, numbering about 900 men, marched across a prairie separating the two armies and attacked...
8. Women and the Texas Revolution in History and Memory
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Browsing through DeWitt Clinton Baker’s Texas Scrap-Book (1875), a compendium of primary documents, memoirs, and biographical sketches, it is striking to note how completely masculine it is, except for a handful of poems by women, one of whom turned out to be an African black man, “Forestina,” Moses Evans’ “Wild Woman of the Woods.” ...
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Page Count: 256
Illustrations: 15 b&w illus.
Publication Year: 2012