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Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of Texas

June 19, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Alamo Tricentennial Lecture Series

In 2018, San Antonio will celebrate its 300th anniversary. Join us for a series of workshops that explore the eras of Texas from 1400 – 1865 and the integral place that the Alamo holds throughout San Antonio’s 300 years.

Andrew J. Torget, historian and professor at the University of North Texas, will give a lecture based on his new book, Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of Texas Borderlands. Seeds of Empire tells the remarkable story of how the cotton revolution of the early nineteenth century transformed northeastern Mexico into the western edge of the United States, and how the rise and spectacular collapse of the Republic of Texas as a nation built on cotton and slavery proved to be a blueprint for the Confederacy of the 1860s.

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, Seeds of Empire, won eleven book prizes and awards.

Pre-registration is required.


June 19, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Alamo


The Alamo
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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