Dr. Angela Boswell, dean of the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences at Henderson State University, presented a paper at the Texas State Historical Association annual meeting this month entitled “Fear and Loathing in Texas: Women’s Experience of the Civil War in Texas.”
The presentation was part of a panel on “Women and Texas History: The Civil War Years.” Boswell also attended the yearly meeting of the advisory board of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, of which she has been a member for seven years, and, as chair of the association’s fellowships committee, presented three awards to junior scholars to help fund their research.
While, at the conference, Texas A&M University Press announced that Boswell’s forthcoming book, The Women’s History of Texas, was one of three finalists for the Robert A. Calvert prize. The Calvert Book Prize is an award created in honor of Robert A. Calvert, author of one of the authoritative textbooks in Texas history and professor of history at Texas A&M, who died in 2000.
The Calvert Prize provides a cash award and recognizes the best book manuscript accepted the preceding year by the Texas A&M University Press on the history of the American South, West, or Southwest. The Calvert Prize hopes to encourage the submission of better manuscripts as well as improve the quality of books about the Southwest.