By Adrienne Caughfield
Adrienne Caughfield mines the diaries and letters of a few 90 Texas ladies to discover the guidelines and enthusiasms they delivered to the Western frontier. even if there have been a number of striking exceptions, so much of them drew on their family talents and values to set up not just “civilization,” yet their very own protection. Caughfield sheds gentle on women’s activism (the turn part of domesticity), attitudes towards race and “civilization,” the tie among a imaginative and prescient of a unified continent and a cultivated desert, and republican values. She deals a brand new realizing of not just gender roles within the West but in addition the impulse for expansionism itself.
In Texas, Caughfield demonstrates, “women by no means stopped arriving with extra gasoline for the flames [of expansionism] as their households attempted to discover a spot to cool down, a few position with a bit more space, the place nationwide future and private goals merged right into a excellent whole.” In doing so, Texas girls increased not just American borders, yet their very own as well.