Monday, February 28, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Congratulations to my colleague Jacqueline M. Moore, who is a professor in the history department at Austin College. Her book Cow Boys and Cattle Men: Class and Masculinities on the Texas Frontier, 1865-1900 has just been named as the winner of the 2010 T. R. Fehrenbach Award given by the Texas Historical Commission. This book was published by the New York University Press in cooperation with the Clements Center for the Study of the Southwest at Southern Methodist University. The T.R. Fehrenbach Book Award is a prestigious award that was established by the Texas Historical Commission in the 1960s. It recognizes outstanding original research, study, and publication in the field of Texas history. The award is named in honor of internationally recognized author-historian T.R. Fehrenbach of San Antonio. Fehrenbach is the author of 18 nonfiction books, including Lone Star, the most widely read history of Texas and the basis for the PBS miniseries. Jackie's book is a ground-breaking study of the relationship between cowboys and cattlemen in late nineteenth century Texas. She explains how, in contrast to the mythic image of the cowboy as a romantic icon in our culture, the real cowboys of Texas in the late nineteenth century faced increasing demands from the people around them to rein in the very traits that Americans considered the most masculine. They worked as part of a complicated labor/management system that had its parallels in other, analogous parts of the industrial complex of the nation during that era. As one commentary on her book has noted: "As working-class men, cowboys showed their masculinity through their skills at work as well as public displays in town. But what cowboys thought was manly behavior did not always match those ideas of the business-minded cattlemen, who largely absorbed middle-class masculine ideals of restraint." Jackie received news of this award at her temporary home in Hong Kong, where she is spending the year as a Fulbright Scholar. Again, congratulations to Jackie Moore for receiving this signal honor.
|Jacqueline M. Moore and Her Prize-Winning Book|