Women’s Agency and Activism of Women Historians in Texas History

AHA Session 217
Saturday, January 6, 2018: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Virginia Suite C (Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level)
Amy Porter, Texas A&M University–San Antonio
Transnational Advocate: Jovita Idar and the Quest to Redeem La Raza
Gabriela Gonzalez, University of Texas at San Antonio
Agency and Activism of Women of Color in Texas
Dwonna Goldstone, Austin Peay State University
Cynthia E. Orozco, Eastern New Mexico University, Ruidoso

Session Abstract

Researching and writing the history of women in the colonial Texas borderlands is a challenging task. Sources are scarce and often have layers of voices as many of the documents that provide insight into women’s experiences were written by men. This presentation will examine the challenges of such research and provide an examination of the sources available to historians. This panel highlights both the opportunities and challenges for women in the Texas borderlands as well as the challenges and opportunities for historians working to incorporate social and gender histories into early Texas borderlands history.
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