Writer and promoter Jane Cazneau helped shape Texas and American history in the mid-nineteenth century. Working as a journalist in the 1840s and 50s, she campaigned tirelessly for Texas independence. Her columns in periodicals such as the New York Sun helped sway public opinion in support of Texas statehood—and America's "manifest destiny" more generally.
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Image: Cover of Eagle Pass; or, Life on the Border by Jane Cazneau (published under the pseudonym Cora Montgomery). New York: Putnam, 1852. Courtesy of Dorothy Sloan.