Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas

Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas

by Kay Bailey Hutchison
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Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas by Kay Bailey Hutchison

In Unflinching Courage, former United States Senator and New York Times bestselling author Kay Bailey Hutchison brings to life the incredible stories of the resourceful and brave women who shaped the state of Texas and influenced American history.

A passionate storyteller, Senator Hutchison introduces the mothers and daughters who claimed a stake in the land when it was controlled by Spain, the wives and sisters who valiantly contributed to the Civil War effort, and ranchers and entrepreneurs who have helped Texas thrive.

Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas is a celebration of the strength, bravery, and spirit of these remarkable women and their accomplishments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062130693
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/16/2013
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.48(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.21(d)

About the Author

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison grew up in La Marque, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas and UT Law School. She was twice elected to the Texas House of Representatives. In 1990 she was elected Texas state treasurer, and in 1993 she was the first woman elected to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. In 2006 she was elected chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, becoming one of the top four leaders of Senate Republicans and the only woman. She lives in Dallas with her husband, Ray, and their daughter and son, Bailey and Houston.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xv

Maps xix

Prologue: Overview of Nineteenth-Century Texas 1

I My Heritage 1810-1883 15

Anna Mary Taylor 19

Mary Shindler 23

Martha Hall Sharp 29

II Jane Long, Mother of Texas 1820s-1830s 33

III The Texas Revolution 1830s-1850s 57

Susanna Dickinson 68

Dilue Rose 76

Anna Raguet 96

Mary "Polly" Rusk 101

Emily Austin Bryan Perry 106

IV Indian Captives 1830s-1860s 113

Rachel Parker Plummer 125

Cynthia Ann Parker 134

V Margaret Lea Houston, Part 1 1830s-1840s 145

The Courtship of Sam and Margaret | Marriage | Republic of Texas

VI Margaret Lea Houston, Part 2 1840s-1860s 173

Statehood | Secession | Civil War

VII Trail Drives and Ranches 1860s-1920s 219

Kate Malone Medlin 224

Bettie Matthews Reynolds 231

Amanda Nite Burks 236

Hattie Standefer Cluck 244

Eliza Bunton Johnson 246

Molly Dunn Bugbee 251

Margaret Heffernan Dunbar Hardy Borland 256

Lizzie Johnson Williams 260

Mollie Taylor Bunton 265

Henrietta Chamberlain King 274

Molly Dyer Goodnight 283

VIII Master Builders: A Tale of Two Cities and Two Centuries 1850s-1950s 291

Sarah Cockrell 295

Oveta Culp Hobby 303

Epilogue 317

Appendix: Family Trees

Taylor-Shindler Family 321

Hall-Sharp Family 322

Austin Family 323

Parker Family 324

Houston Family 325

Lea Family 326

Bunton-Johnson Family 327

King Family 328

Suggestions for Further Reading 329

Credits 335

Index 337

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Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When we think of the building of our country it is always the men who are thought of. This book tells of the strength and courage of the women who lived during that era and worked as hard as the men. Some of them had to take over a large ranch after the death of their husbands which was not easy for a woman. They had to provide for their families as widows.Having lived in Texas for the past two years many of the people and places have significance to me. Many of the cities, towns and villages are named for the people in the book. And the fight with Santa Ana for independence from Mexico is described very well, is exciting and I felt as though I was there. I enjoyed the book and recommend it highly. I will always treasure the history of Texas and my time living in the Lone Star State.