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Escape from Texas: A Novel of Slavery and the Texas War of Independence
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Author James W. Russell discusses his new book, “Escape from Texas: A Novel of Slavery and the Texas War of Independence”
“A tantalizing, compelling, and learned look into an under-examined period of history that bridges the experiences of African-Americans, Mexicans, Afro-Mexicans, Native-Americans, and Anglo-Americans alike. Few other books have so keenly explored what border life may have been like in the years leading up to the Mexican-American War. Certainly no novel has so astutely captured the mindset of black slaves and their complicated relationships with Mexico during this era. This is an unusual piece of fiction, both for its tight historical accuracy and the scope of its imagination. This is a gripping and wonderful narrative, packed with surprises, as well as new lessons in history.”
Ben Vinson III, Johns Hopkins University, author of Black Mexico andFlight: The Story of Virgil Richardson, A Tuskegee Airman in Mexico.
The Author: James W. Russell was born in New York and grew up in Oklahoma. Active in the 1960s civil rights and antiwar movements, he was the first editor of New Left Notes, the national newspaper of Students for a Democratic Society. He received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin and has taught at universities in San Francisco, Texas, Oregon, Mexico City, and Connecticut, where he currently teaches at Eastern Connecticut State University. Escape from Texas is his seventh book. His other books include Class and Race Formation in North America—“A critically important people’s history of North America” (Dan Zuberi); and Double Standard: Social Policy in Europe and the United States—“A wonderful book: erudite and sophisticated, yet lucid and to the point” (Frances Fox Piven).