The realm of ranching history has long been dominated by men, from tales—tall or true—of cowboys and cattlemen, to a century’s worth of male writers and historians who have been the primary chroniclers of Texas history. As women’s history has increasingly gained a foothold not only as a field worthy of study but as a bold and innovative way of understanding the past, new generations of scholars are rethinking the once-familiar settings of the past. In doing so, they reveal that women not only exercised agency in otherwise constrained environments but were also integral to the ranching heritage that so many Texans hold dear.
Texas Women and Ranching: On the Range, at the Rodeo, and in Their Communities explores a variety of roles women played on the western ranch. The essays here cover a range of topics, from early Tejana businesswomen and Anglo philanthropists to rodeos and fence-cutting range wars. The names of some of the women featured may be familiar to those who know Texas ranching history—Alice East and Frances Kallison, for example. Others came from less well-known or wealthy families. In every case, they proved themselves to be resourceful women and unique individuals who survived by their own wits in cattle country.
This book is a major contribution to several fields—Texas history, western history, and women’s history—that are, at last, beginning to converge.
|Publisher:||Texas A&M University Press|
|Series:||Women in Texas History Series, sponsored by the Ruthe Winegarten Memorial Foundation|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||9 MB|
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
Introduction: Beyond Women, Oxen, and Texas Light Townsend Cummins 1
Chapter 1 Tejanas and Ranching: María Calvillo and Her Ranching Enterprises Amy Porter 9
Chapter 2 In Search of Lucinda: Women in the Cattle Industry in Early Texas Deborah M. Liles 25
Chapter 3 Cornelia Adair: Transatlantic Panhandle Rancher Alex Hunt 42
Chapter 4 Mary Jane Alexander: "The First Woman Rancher in the Panhandle." Jean Stuntz 65
Chapter 5 Mattie B. Morris Miller: Matriarch, Ranch Woman, and Benefactor Jack Becker 75
Chapter 6 Mabel Doss, Mary Ketchum Meredith, and the Texas Fence-Cutting Wars Brooke Wibracht 91
Chapter 7 Kathryn and Nancy Binford and the M-Bar Ranch: More than "Something in the Soil" Renee M. Laegreid 107
Chapter 8 Alice Gertrudis King Kleberg East: Loving the Land Cecilia Gutierrez Venable 126
Chapter 9 Frances Rosenthal Kallison: Historian at Home in the Saddle Hollace Ava Weiner 141