Texas Tears and Texas Sunshine
Voices of Frontier Women
Texas History - Women's Studies
6 x 9, 296 pp.
20 b&w photos.
Pub Date: 09/01/1990
Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University
Price:        $19.95


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1986 Citation, sponsored by the San Antonio Conservation Society. Presented 3/86.
1984 Summerfield G. Roberts Award, given by the Sons of the Republic of Texas. Presented 4/85.
1985 T. R. Fehrenbach Publications Contest, sponsored by Texas Historical Commission. "Best Ethnic /Minority/Women's Study" category. Presented 3/86.

Texas Tears and Texas Sunshine

Voices of Frontier Women

Edited by Jo Ella Powell Exley

Texas Tears and Texas Sunshine are the names of popular quilt patterns, and in this volume, now in its seventh printing, sixteen pioneer women describe how they pieced together a life for their families on the harsh frontier. Their first-person narratives, selected and edited by Jo Ella Powell Exley, provide a gripping, highly personal history of the state from Stephen F. Austin's original settlement through the taming of its last frontier in the west.

The stories in Texas Tears and Texas Sunshine cover nearly a century, from the log cabin days of Anglo colonization and the Old Three Hundred to the settlement of the South Plains in the early twentieth century. Through the years, Indian raids, frontier-style "society balls," the Runaway Scrape, plantation life, yellow fever, trail drives, and the bloody Council House fight in San Antonio provided some of the blocks for this quilt. The rugged sunshine of daily life and the tears of frontier hardship combine in fascinating, realistic patterns.

" . . . a fascinating collection of some of the Texas women's experiences. . . . Texas Tears and Texas Sunshine, a realistic look at the women of the frontier, is a book that also instills lessons of pride and courage for today."—Southern Living

JO ELLA POWELL EXLEY is herself a fifth-generation descendant of Texas pioneers. She is a longtime schoolteacher in the Houston area.

What Readers Are Saying:

" . . . a wealth of information about the multifaceted lives of women in nineteenth-century Texas . . . Texas Tears and Texas Sunshine can be compared to the sewing basket of the quilters Exley introduces in her preface to explain her title. It is an exciting collection of material that will produce an exquisite thematic quilt covering the economic, political, social, and cultural history of women's lives in Texas." --Western Historical Quarterly

"Everything is here--emigration, education, religion, amusements, building homes, family life, and the struggles of daily life. --East Texas Historical Association
. . . The accounts of their lives provide a fascinating insight into the existence of these women and more than a glimpse of frontier life . . . an important contribution to the study of womanhood in Texas. It is interesting, enjoyable, and highly recommended Reading." --East Texas Historical Association

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