Texas Her Texas The Life and Times of Frances Goff Barker

Texas Her Texas The Life and Times of Frances Goff Barker Texas History Center Series Texas Her Texas is the fascinating story of Frances Goff and her three remarkable careers in Texas government as legislative aide and State Budget Director; at the University of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center; and as Director of the Bluebonnet Girls State Program of the American Legion Auxiliary Based on Goff’s personal papers and interviews with those who knew her including former Texas Governor Ann Richards the book provides inside glimpses of such leaders in state politics as Coke Stevenson Allan Shivers and Richards herself The fast paced narrative also describes the founding and early years of M D Anderson and Goff’s key role as an aide to Dr R Lee Clark in building this world renowned cancer treatment facilityAt the core of the book is the Bluebonnet Girls State Program an annual citizenship session for young Texas women that Goff directed for four decades More than twenty thousand high school girls experienced Goff’s charismatic leadership and took to heart her message of public service and involvement In turn they became part of Goff’s statewide network Texas Her Texas makes a major contribution to a better understanding of how this voluntary women’s group is shaping present day TexasFrances Goff was a people person and it is the portraits of those whose lives she touched that make this book so readable From her youthful days in Kenedy to the corridors of the Texas Capitol Goff knew the movers and shakers of Texas—Barbara Jordan Lyndon Johnson George Bush Jack Cox and Lloyd Bentsen to name just a few—and became one herself Goff’s biography will inspire those who knew her and those who are learning about her for the first time She was says Ann Richards a “grand lionness of a woman” and Texas Her Texas is her storyNumber Six Barker Texas History Center Series The silence about Miss Goff's personal life is deafening but Texas Her Texas would still be an interesting read for anyone who participated in Bluebonnet Girls State or has an out sized interest in Texas history

About the Author: Nancy Beck Young

Nancy Beck Young is a historian of twentieth century American Political Development Her research uestions how ideology has shaped public policy and political institutions Much of her work involves study of Congress the presidency electoral politics and first ladies Dr Young is also interested in Texas political history especially Texans in Washington She joined the faculty of the Univers

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