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Petra’s Legacy: The South Texas Ranching Empire of Petra Vela and Mifflin Kenedy (Perspectives on South Texas, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Kingsville) First Edition Edition

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“Petra Kenedy is . . . one of the more significant and intriguing Texas women of the nineteenth century . . . the manuscript fulfills a continuing need for more historical works on South Texas. . . . ”--Paula Mitchell Marks, Associate Professor at St. Edward’s University
(Paula Mitchell Marks, Associate Professor at St. Edward’s University)

". . . a valuable, carefully researched, engaging chronicle of legendary South Texas pioneers in the 19th century and their legacy, which continues to shape the state."-Texas Books in Review
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"The book's production values are first-rate. . . book exemplifies women's studies at its finest."-Southwestern Historical Quarterly
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"Their study, including numerous photographs of significant persons, has provided a valuable addition to the history of South Texas."
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Product Details

  • Series: Perspectives on South Texas, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; First Edition edition (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585446149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585446148
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rafael Cavazos on May 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book! I do a lot of research in this area. It was great to read about the woman who facilitated Mifflin Kennedy's accomplishments. Fascinating character. I'd like to know more about her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mmi on January 20, 2012
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Since I am from that area and so are my relatives, I really enjoyed this VERY informative book. It was more about the history of the area and the Kennedys/Kings but nevertheless, very well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By margie dittmar on September 6, 2013
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That pretty much says it all... Was the land a blessing a burden? I'm not sure it wasn't the times, but they sure had their fair share of tragedy...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason L. Kuenstler on June 5, 2013
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Great Book!

Great book on one of Texas's largest cattle kingdoms and the history of the settlement of the Nueces Strip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By swish on October 10, 2010
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This book definitely needs to be made into a mini-series! It has everything, and it's non-fiction!
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By Michael Mize on June 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I was born and raised in the area known as the Lower Rio Grand Valley of Texas...This is a wonderful history that clears up many misconceptions about the development of the area between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande River, the present border with Mexico in the years between 1847-8 (the U.S war with Mexico) and the early 1900s...the Kennedy's and the King's were major players in settling the area for future waves of Anglo settlers. This history is or was not taught in school when I grew up (1950's to early 60's), but oral history abounded, much of it inaccurate. The wealth and power and legacies these two family's created still rings loudly in South Texas.
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By Amazon Customer on March 26, 2015
Format: Hardcover
I was excited to see a history from a female perspective. WRONG! This book was more about the men and their activities than anything Petra did. So disappointed. And the book needed a good editor--it repeated itself a lot and some facts were thrown in without any connection to what was being described. While it might have been a history of the Valley, it was not a biographical story about Petra--her thoughts, her actions, her impacts. You come away with a vague impression that she was a good church lady and a support for husband, family, and friends.
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