The Texas Experience - Miriam "Ma" Ferguson
Donor: Jim Ruddy
Sound | 1986
Film courtesy Texas Archive of the Moving Image
Produced by Jim Ruddy and presented by the Shell Companies Foundation and the Texas Committee for the Humanities, The Texas Experience presents the history of Texas through a series of one-minute clips. Each clip features a celebrity narrator briefly exploring a specific aspect of Texas history or culture, with topics ranging from early women settlers to Buddy Holly's short but influential career. In this episode, actor Susan Howard presents Miriam "Ma" Ferguson's bold stand against the Ku Klux Klan that lead to her election as Texas' first female governor.