Undaunted : A Norwegian Woman in Frontier Texas

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Elise Waerenskjold is known to fans of Texas women writers as "the lady with the pen," from the title of a book of her writings. A forward-looking journalist, she sent letters and articles back to Norway, encouraging others to follow her footsteps to Texas, where a small colony of Norwegian settlers was making a new life alongside - but distinct from - other European immigrants. "Undaunted" is the first full biography of Waerenskjold during her Texas years, a life story that shows much about Texas, especially in the Norwegian colonies, from 1847 to the end of the nineteenth century. Moreover, it tells the story of a strong and independent thinker who championed women's rights, who was pro-Union and against slavery (though her husband was in the Confederate army and was subsequently murdered in Reconstruction-era violence), and who left an intriguing body of writing about life on the edges of Texas settlement. Charles H. Russell's vivid account of Waerenskjold describes not only her influence among her countrymen but also her own life, which was a saga of considerable drama itself. Russell offers a clear and entertaining window onto immigrant life in frontier Texas and the issues that shaped women's lives and elicited their talents.show more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 154.9 x 241.3 x 27.9mm | 567g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 16 b&w photos, 3 maps, bibliography, index
  • 1585444537
  • 9781585444533

About Charles H. Russell

CHARLES H. RUSSELL, a retired college dean and professor of history, holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University. His interest in Waerenskjold is shared with his Norwegian wife, Inger, who helped him translate Waerenskjold's writing as he did the research for this book.show more

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. . . a significant contribution to the history of Texas women who have mattered in the development literarily and historically of this state. --Lou Halsell Rodenberger, McMurry University (Retired), co-editor of "Let s Hear It: Stories by Texas Women Writers" and "Texas Women Writers: ""A"" Tradition of Their Own"--Lou Halsell Rodenberger, McMurry University (Retired), co-editor of Le"show more