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

Diversity and Dissidence in the Trans-Mississippi

By Deborah M. Liles (Editor), Angela Boswell (Editor)

University of North Texas Press, 9781574416510, 336pp.

Publication Date: October 7, 2016



Winner of the Liz Carpenter Award for Research in the History of Women, Texas State Historical Association, 2017.

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.

About the 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.