A Woman of the People (Texas Tradition Series No. 26)
By: Benjamin Capps (author)Paperback
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"A Woman of the People" is one of Texas best-known and most-respected novels. In this story of the Texas frontier, Capps dramatizes the capture by a Comanche band of a ten-year-old white girl and her five-year-old sister from the upper reaches of the Brazos River a decade before the Civil War. As the narrative progresses, Helen Morrison slowlyand almost unbeknownst to herselfgoes from being a frightened, rebellious white girl to becoming a woman of the people. Like many of the people who figure in true-life Indian captivity narratives, Helen adopts the ways of the Comanches, marries a member of her small band, and becomes a major figure in tribal life. "A Woman of the People" parallels in some ways the real story of Cynthia Ann Parker, who was taken by Comanches, married Peta Nocona, and became the mother of the celebrated Quanah Parker, the last great chief of the Comanches. But unlike the real-life Cynthia Ann Parker story, where many mysteries abound, the novel takes the reader inside the mind of the main character, and we are allowed to grow with her as she forgets her white heritage and Helen and becomes Tehanita (Little Girl Texan)."
Benjamin Capps is an award-winning novelist and chronicler of western life. Among his works are "The Trail to Ogallala, ""The"" White Man's Road, The Warren ""Wagontrain"" Raid, Sam Chance," and "The Indians and The Great Chiefs" (Time-Life Old West Series).
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