Emily D. West and the

Emily D. West and the "Yellow Rose of Texas" Myth

by Phillip Thomas Tucker

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For the first time, the true story of "The Yellow Rose of Texas" is told in full, revealing a host of new insights and perspectives on one of America's most popular stories. For generations, the Yellow Rose of Texas has been one of America's most popular western myths, growing larger over time and little resembling the truth of what happened on April 21, 1836, at the battle of San Jacinto, where a new Texas Republic won its independence. The woman who has been popularly connected to the story was an ordinary but also quite remarkable free black woman from the North, Emily D. West. This work reconstructs her experience, places it in full context and explores the evolution of a most fanciful myth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476613284
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/07/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 932,396
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Phillip Thomas Tucker is a former Department of Defense historian in Washington, D.C. He lives in Davenport, Florida.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Mario Marcel Salas 1
Preface 5
Introduction 7
Chapter I: Emily D. West, The Popular Myth and Legend 19
Chapter II: Emily D. West’s Birth in New Haven 34
Chapter III: A New Life and Adventure Beckons 64
Chapter IV: Texas Bound 79
Chapter V: Slaughter at the Alamo 111
Chapter VI: Muddy Roads Leading to San Jacinto 122
Chapter VII: Climactic Showdown at San Jacinto 160
Chapter VIII: Popular ­Myth-making and the Creation of
“The Yellow Rose of Texas” 195
Chapter IX: Emily After the Fiery Storm of San Jacinto 217
Epilogue 229
Chapter Notes 233
Bibliography 253
Index 261

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story that needed to be told and for the first time.  This fascinating new book is the first biography about the amazing life of a courageous African American woman named Emily D. West, who struggled against the odds.  Most importantly, this book has revealed a good many new views and insights about the Texas frontier and Revolutionary War experience.      Emily journeyed from the northeast to the southwest frontier of Texas to create a new life for herself in late 1835.   Shattering the negative stereotypes and myths about the famed Yellow Rose of Texas, this book is important in regard to setting the historical record straight, while enlightening us about a good many forgotten aspects of Texas history.  For generations, the Yellow Rose of Texas has been one of America's most celebrated myths and folk legends of the West.  In addition, a good many new insights and fresh views are brought forth about the heroic struggle of the Texas colonists, including the famous battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto, which Emily witnessed in all of its gory aspects.  For the first time, the author has revealed in great detail the many mysteries about the life of Emily D. West, the Yellow Rose of Texas myth, and the ebbs and lows of the Texas Revolution.  As important, this book is one of the very few biographies that we have today about the life of an amazing free black woman, revealing her successes, triumphs, and tragedies as never before.  Emily's story is a timeless one, offering a source of inspiration, hope, and enlightenment to all Americans today.