Las Tejanas

Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2003-03-01
Publisher(s): Univ of Texas Pr
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Since the early 1700s, women of Spanish/Mexican origin or descent have played a central, if often unacknowledged, role in Texas history. Tejanas have been community builders, political and religious leaders, founders of organizations, committed trade unionists, innovative educators, astute businesswomen, experienced professionals, and highly original artists. Giving their achievements the recognition they have long deserved, this groundbreaking book is at once a general history and a celebration of Tejanas' contributions to Texas over three centuries. The authors have gathered and distilled a wide range of information to create this important resource. They offer one of the first detailed accounts of Tejanas' lives in the colonial period and from the Republic of Texas up to 1900. Drawing on the fuller documentation that exists for the twentieth century, they also examine many aspects of the modern Tejana experience, including Tejanas' contributions to education, business and the professions, faith and community, politics, and the arts. A large selection of photographs, a historical timeline, and profiles of fifty notable Tejanas complete the volume and assure its usefulness for a broad general audience, as well as for educators and historians.

Author Biography

Teresa Palomo Acosta is a Chicana poet. She was formerly a research associate with the Texas State Historical Association Ruthe Winegarten is an independent scholar and writer of Texas women's history

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Cynthia E. Orozco
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
Native Women, Mestizas, and Colonists
The Status of Women in the Colonial Period
From the Republic of Texas to 1900
Revolution, Racism, and Resistance: 1900--1940
Life in Rural Texas: 1900--1940
Life in Urban Texas: 1900--1940
Education: Learning, Teaching, Leading
Entering Business and the Professions
Faith and Community
Politics, the Chicano Movement, and Tejana Feminism
Winning and Holding Public Office
Arts and Culture
Epilogue Grinding Corn 314(2)
Appendix 1 Fifty Notable Tejanas 316(5)
Appendix 2 Time Line 321(12)
Notes 333(52)
Bibliography 385(24)
Index 409

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