I love this writer Kelly McMichael. Check her our at kellymcmichael.wordpress.com and homestead101.wordpress.com. She gives helpful gardening tips and has written a wide variety of history books on Texas. Her newest book, Sacred Memories: The Civil War Monument Movement in Texas (Fred Rider Cotten Popular History), on Texas Civil War monuments looks at myth making and the collective memory of the Gilded Age/Progressive Era (1870-1930) monument builders. The work published by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) Press is a guidebook to the state’s Civil War monuments and has a considerable theoretical framework. McMichael considers new trends in historical memory and gender issues. In an era when women didn’t have the right to vote, Texas women found social empowerment in their attempts to erect the monuments.