New Book Takes a Look at Post-Civil War Texas

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Mary Lou Hagen releases new book, Bitter Victory.

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The book deals with the struggles of the freed slaves to get an education and the hatred of the defeated Confederates toward the North

“I wrote it because I thought it was a story that needed to be told,” says Mary Lou Hagen about her new book “Bitter Victory” (published by iUniverse).

The book, which tells the story of America during and after the Civil War, is an intimate look at the lives of slaves, freed slaves and the state of Texas.

Texas, which succeeded from the U.S. in 1861 has a checkered and complex history in regards to slavery and abolition. It is a history that Hagen explores in “Bitter Victory”.

Hagen also explores the unique challenges that faced freed slaves, particularly in regards to professional and social mobility. “The book deals with the struggles of the freed slaves to get an education and the hatred of the defeated Confederates toward the North,” explains Hagen.

Hagen then details the challenges faced by two freedom fighters during the era: Trace Burdette, a Texan who fought for the Union, and Regina Mills, a teacher who went to Texas to teach freed slaves and the generations that followed. “Their story,” explains Hagen, “is typical of what happened during the violent times after the war.”

Filled with “little known or understood facts of the times,” “Bitter Victory” is sure to entertain history buffs and educators alike.

About the Author
Born and raised in Indiana, Mary Lou Hagen has had a lifelong fascination with the Old West, particularly the state of Texas. A career move in 1985 took her to San Antonio where she now lives with her Yorkshire Terrier mix, Daisy.

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