Forgotten 19th Century East Texas

Nineteenth century East Texas farmhouse and outbuilding with fenced-in yard, oak trees, and windmill under a blue sky with white clouds.
Washington County Homestead. (Karen Lynne Klink)

In researching my novel At What Cost, Silence,? I began with a historical journey through the captivating landscape of pre-Civil War East Texas. This journey became an immersive exploration of 19th century East Texas, bringing to life the rich history of the region. I aimed to uncover the intricate tapestry of this era and shed light on the experiences of diverse communities who once called this area home.

Old photo of black cowboy on horseback.
Twenty-five percent of cow hands were black

East Texas is home to a variety of cultures, with influences from Native Americans, European settlers, African Americans, and more.

I was particularly interested in the lesser-known narratives of pre-Civil War East Texas, focusing on marginalized communities such as African Americans, Native Americans, and women. Therefore, I highlight the struggles, triumphs, and everyday lives of individuals who were often overlooked by conventional historical accounts. By focusing on these perspectives, I hope to offer a fresh lens through which to understand the region.

In addition, tensions and conflicts deeply impacted the area immediately prior to the Civil War. I researched these turbulent times, exploring political, economic, and ideological factors that shaped the region and its people. I examine how these conflicts influence the emotions and lives of my characters who are caught in the crossfire.

Mrs. Sam Houston white-washed two-story home fronted with four-columned center porches on both stories and surrounded on two sides with large trees and white picket fence.
Washington County home of Mrs. Sam Houston

East Texas is known for its unique architectural heritage and breathtaking natural beauty. Not only did these people create distinctive furnishings and homes, but how did this architecture, in turn, shape its people?

Additionally, I delve into East Texas’s natural landscape—its dense forests, rolling hills, and winding rivers, and examine how they influence characters and story development.

I invite readers to embark on a captivating journey where imagination and historical research intertwine, shedding new light on a significant era in history. Join me as I unravel the mysteries, explore the untold and forgotten tales of East Texas, and celebrate the power of storytelling to bridge the gap between the past and the present.



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