SouthwesternHistoricalQuarterly January treatment of gender, class, ethnicity and acculturation along with religiosity. It is an excellent contribution to Mexican American history and Latino spirituality. UniversityoftheIncarnateWord,SanAntonio Gilberto M. Hinojosa Hers, His, and Theirs: Community Property Law in Spain and Early Texas. By Jean A. Stuntz. (Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 2005. Pp. 234. Foreword, appendices, notes, select bibliography, index. ISBN 089672560X. $35.00, cloth.) The development of community property law in Texas has been a unique contribution to U.S. legal history. This point is admirably made by Jean Stuntz in her work, which traces the basis of community property to Castilian law. Further, she contrasts the role of women in English common law, which severely restricted the wife's role in management of property and her participation in legal and business affairs. Fully one-third of the book is devoted to these European roots that affected women, inheritance, and family security. The author then discusses the application and development of these two European legal systems in the New World in effective and logical sequences. Finally, she discusses how these two different and divergent approaches collided in Texas in the Anglo settlements, especially those under empresario Stephen F. Austin. She succinctly captures the
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Mar 28, 2007
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