• The History of Slavery and White Supremacy in Texas
    The History of Slavery and White Supremacy in Texas
This symposium is centered around the conviction that understanding the dynamics of slavery, the legal enforcement of Jim Crow segregation, and age-old beliefs about white supremacy – as painful and difficult as that may be- is vital to overcoming the racial injustices of the past and moving us towards reconciliation and healing today.

As bell hooks notes- “The process of remembering our racist past can be a practice which transforms history from a judgment on the past in the name of the present truth to a “counter memory” that combats our current modes of truth and justice; helping us to understand and change the present by placing it in a new relationship with the past”.  To that end, we have invited two Texas historians to share their research into the economics and politics of the “peculiar institution” of slavery and to address the myths about this part of America’s past so we can come to terms of these tragic and ugly events of our nation’s past. 

Symposium Presenters-

Dr. Andrew J. Torget- Associate Professor of History at the University of North Texas in Denton and the author of Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850.

Dr. Daina R. Berry- Associate Professor of History, African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas in Austin and the author of The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation.

Following the presentations there will be a Question and Answer period with the audience and book sale and signing by the symposium presenters.

Sponsored by-

Courageous Conversations Georgetown and Southwestern University Race and Ethnicy Studies Program with additional support from the Southwestern University Departments of History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology and Anthropology.