This is an exploration of Texas women and the conflicting images and myths that have grown up about them. The Texas Folklore Society offers these accounts, written by a variety of authors, about the women who have shaped Texas history with their accomplishments and character. Included are Emily Morgan, Belle Starr, Elizabet Ney, and Miriam Ferguson, among others.
FRANCIS EDWARD ABERNETHY was Regents Professor Emeritus of English at Stephen F. Austin State University, the executive secretary and editor of the Texas Folklore Society, the curator of exhibits for the East Texas Historical Association, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. In addition to editing twenty-one Texas Folklore Society publications, he wrote Singin' Texas, Legends of Texas Heroic Age, and all three volumes of the Texas Folklore Society history, published by the University of North Texas Press.