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The Yellow Rose of Texas: The Song, the Legend and Emily D. West

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The legend of the Yellow Rose of Texas holds an indisputable place in Lone Star culture, tethered to a familiar song that has served as a Civil War marching tune, a pop chart staple and a halftime anthem. Almost two centuries of Texas mythmaking successfully muddled fact with fable in song. The true story of Emily D. West remains mired in dispute and unrecognizable beneath the manipulative tales that grew up around it. The complete truth may never be recovered, but author Lora-Marie Bernard seeks an honest account honoring the grit and determination that brought a free black woman from the abolitionist riots of Connecticut to the thick of a bloody Texas revolution. A Lone Star native who grew up immersed in the Yellow Rose legend, Bernard also traces other stories that legend has obscured, including the connection between Emily D. West and plans for a free black colony in Texas.

ISBN-13: 9781467142571

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC

Publication Date: 01-20-2020

Pages: 160

Product Dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Lora-Marie Bernard is an award-winning Texas journalist and author whose books focus on great Lone Star stories sifted through a modern lens. She earned her undergraduate degree in journalism at the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. She earned her master's degree in extension studies at Harvard University, where she studied journalism and museum studies.

Table of Contents

Foreword James Glover 9

Preface 15

Acknowledgements 19

1 The Roses of the States 21

2 The First Hollywood 29

3 Five Points 42

4 A Product of the Times 50

5 Colonists versus Militants 56

6 The Webb of Fake News 64

7 New York Funds a Revolution 71

8 These Bets Axe on Texas 76

9 The Free Black Colony of Texas 82

10 Emily in Texas 85

11 Dysfunctional Texans 90

12 The Runaway Scrape 94

13 The Burning of New Washington 99

14 Seventy-Two Hours and a Tent 104

15 Fifteen Minutes and a Battle 109

16 Paperless 118

17 Houston and Emily 124

18 Fake News Rises and Falls 130

Bibliography 141

Index 149

About the Author 155