The 7th Annual Save Texas History Symposium: The Alamo, Keystone of Texas History: Past, Present and Future will be held this year at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio on Saturday, September 17.

King Cotton and the Problem of Slavery in Mexican-Era Texas

Session Sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association

During the early nineteenth century, a global revolution in cotton brought waves of Anglo-Americans and enslaved African Americans into Texas, as men like Stephen F. Austin worked during the 1820s and 1830s to transplant Mississippi agriculture into northeastern Mexico. Andrew J. Torget will discuss the tremendous transformations of Texas that followed, as pitched battles erupted across Mexico during those years — pitting Anglos and Tejanos against Mexican officials — over whether King Cotton, slavery, and American immigration would be allowed to transform northern Mexico.

About Andrew J. Torget

Andrew J. Torget is a historian of nineteenth-century North America at the University of North Texas, where he directs a digital humanities lab. A veteran of pioneering work in digital scholarship, he has been a featured speaker at Harvard, Stanford, Rice, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and the Library of Congress. In 2011, he was named the inaugural David J. Weber Research Fellow at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. His most recent book is Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800–1850 (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), which Texas Monthly praised as “the most nuanced and authoritative rewriting of Texas’s origin myth to date.”

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