MARGARET FURSE - The Hawkins Ranch in Texas

  
  

Wednesday, September 10 at 7PM

BookPeople Presents

Acclaimed Author
MARGARET LEWIS FURSE

speaking & signing
The Hawkins Ranch in Texas:
From Plantation Times to the Present


Margaret Lewis Furse, a great-granddaughter of James B. and Ariella Hawkins and an active partner in today's Hawkins Ranch, has mined public records, family archives, and her own childhood memories to compose this sweeping portrait of more than 160 years of plantation, ranch, and small-town life.  Join us this evening as Fuse gives us a glimpse of old time Texas through the lens of her personal family history.

About The Hawkins Ranch in Texas: From Plantation Times to the Present:

Margaret Lewis Furse, a great-granddaughter of James B. and Ariella Hawkins and an active partner in today's Hawkins Ranch, has mined public records, family archives, and her own childhood memories to compose this sweeping portrait of more than 160 years of plantation, ranch, and small-town life. Letters sent by the Hawkinses from the Texas plantation to their North Carolina family in the mid-nineteenth century describe sugar making, the perils of cholera and fevers, the activities of children, and the "management" of slaves. Public records and personal papers reveal the experience of the Hawkins family during the Civil War, when J. B. Hawkins sold goods to the Confederacy and helped with Confederate coastal defenses near his plantation. In the 1930s, the death of their parents left the ranch in the hands of four sisters, at a time when few women owned and ran cattle operations. The Hawkins Ranch in Texas: From Plantation Times to the Present offers a panoramic view of agrarian lifeways and how they must adapt to changing times.

Margaret Lewis Furse now lives in Austin. She is a graduate of the University of Texas and holds a Ph.D. in philosophy of religion from Columbia University. She has taught in the Rice University's religious studies department and in the American studies program at the University of Texas at Austin. Furse is currently a general and managing partner of Hawkins Ranch Ltd.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
603 N Lamar Blvd
78703-5413 Austin
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