Interpreting American slavery and its consequences from a variety of academic perspectives. Join scholars for an exploration of slavery and its role in our shared history.
Saturday January 28, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Symposium: Traces of Texas Slavery
Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 N. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
What does the historical record tell us about slavery and what were its repercussions? Discover for yourself with expert guidance through the layers of complexity and nuance involved in this topic. Speakers at the event will highlight the deep and lasting impacts of slavery on Texas and the nation through analysis of historic sources as diverse as artifacts, architecture, documents and descendant interviews.
A reception and book signing will follow the program.
Friday January 27, 2017 7:00 - 8:00pm
Keynote Speech: Andrew Torget
Neill-Cochran House Museum
2310 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705
Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850 by Andrew Torget 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.