Texas State Historical Association Releases Online eBook Celebrating Women’s History

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Discover Women Who Made Texas History in TSHA’s Newest eBook Series

AUSTIN, TX — The Texas State Historical Association’s (TSHA) Handbook of Texas Online, the authoritative digital encyclopedia of Texas history, geography and culture, today released its newest online eBook series, Women Across Texas History. The eBook, entitled Volume 1: Nineteenth Century and Before, is available as a free download on the TSHA website and celebrates the critical influence of women prior to and throughout nineteenth century Texas.

womens-cover1Directed by distinguished historian Jessica Brannon-Wranosky of Texas A&M University-Commerce, the eBook features 40 articles and more than 100 pages highlighting prominent Texas women who have shaped Texas history at home, across the state, nationally and abroad. The eBook‘s release on June 28 is to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the state’s ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, a major step in providing women the right to vote nationwide when it became law the following year.

According to Wranosky, “The importance of women’s contributions to the State of Texas has been and continues to be a significant part of its cultural narrative. Through the inspiring stories of prominent Texas women, this publication provides an important overview of the racial and ethnic diversity, different socio-economic designations, and varying regional identities that makes Texas history so rich and dynamic.”

Brian Bollinger, chief executive officer of TSHA, added, “The contributions of Texas women to the state’s history are as wide-ranging and diverse as the land itself. I have learned so much from this eBook about the critical contributions women made in shaping nineteenth century Texas history.”

The eBook features a variety of compelling women who have influenced Texas history, including interpreters, inventors, voting rights activists, ranch and landowners, businesswomen, physicians, former slaves, and Texas matriarchs.

Women Across Texas History is the latest in a series of eBook projects by the Handbook of Texas and is demonstrative of the research and writing of dozens of historians, educators, students and Texas history enthusiasts committed to capturing and sharing the influence of women on Texas life and culture. Previous eBook projects include the Tejanos Through Time, Battle of the Alamo, Civil War in the Lone Star State, and Struggle and Success: African Americans in Texas.