The Thorny Rose Of Texas

The Thorny Rose Of Texas

An Intimate Portrait Of Governor Ann Richards

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
A look at the governor of Texas presents the life of a woman born to an impoverished farm community, a fierce intercollegiate debater, and an advocate for the rights of abused women

Blackwell North Amer
This is the first full-scale biography of Governor Ann Richards of Texas, a charismatic, sharp-tongued political phenomenon on a national scale. Richards, who has emerged as a great role model for women, has overcome a life filled with trauma and tragedy.
Born during the Depression in an impoverished farm community in Texas, she became proficient with a pump-action shotgun that her father taught her to shoot. While attending Baylor University during the Korean War, Richards gained notoriety as a fierce intercollegiate debater. From there she would obtain the loftiest position available to a young Texas woman of that era: a teaching job at a junior high school in Austin.
Ann then married a young lawyer, and after moving to Austin, she became increasingly involved with issues that she deemed vital. For example, she was an early advocate of statuary protection for abused women.
During the next decade, she entered the world of gut-level politics, where, like her idol Harry Truman, she became a county commissioner in charge of roads and sewers. She regularly went out with the good ol' boys whom she could drink under the table. Her marriage ended in divorce, and she became a recovering alcoholic after a dramatic "intervention day."
With her notable appearance as the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention in 1988, she turned into a national celebrity with the lines: "Poor George. He can't help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth."

& Taylor

An in-depth look at the governor of Texas presents the life of a woman born to an impoverished farm community, a fierce intercollegiate debater, an advocate for abused women's rights, a divorced recovering alcoholic, and a striving candidate for governor. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: Secaucus, NJ : Carol Pub. Group, 1994
ISBN: 9781559722322
Branch Call Number: TEX 920 RIC
Characteristics: viii, 271 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Schaefer, Frank 1936-


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