The road from New Spain to Texas as a State
As we turn towards the second half of our exploration of the beginnings of Austin, we zoom out to a broader view of the forces, both political and economic, that re-shaped the region from a tenuous province of New Spain to a Republic and later a part of the United States.
Based on his recent book, Seeds of Empire, Professor Andrew Torget joins us to tell 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.
Join us and Dr. Torget at the Neill-Cochran House Museum at 2:00 pm on February 17, 2019. Complimentary refreshments provided. Presentation begins at 2:30 pm. Copies of Seeds of Empire will be available for purchase and signing by the author.
Admission is $10 to the general public, $5 to students with valid ID, and free to members of the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum. Space is limited; while tickets are available at the door, we encourage patrons to register online.
Parking is available free to patrons in the museum lot located off of 23rd street between San Gabriel and Leon.
About the Speaker
Dr. Andrew Torget is a historian of nineteenth-century North America at the University of North Texas. His work has revolved around two intersecting themes: the expansion of the American South into the West, and developing new digital methods for research, scholarship, and teaching.
His work in the digital humanities has been extensive. We recommend visiting any or all of the following:
- Valley of the Shadow
- Texas Slavery Project
- Voting America: United States Politics, 1840-2008
- History Engine: Tools for Collaborative Education and Research
- Mapping Texts: Visualizing American Historical Newspapers
Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850 has been featured on National Public Radio, Texas Monthly, and the Dallas Morning News, and has won to date twelve book prizes, awards, and honors.