Friday. April 29, 2022
6:30pm-8:30pm – Patrons Dinner
This dinner will provide an opportunity for attendees to mingle with the speakers in a more intimate setting. The event will be held at a private residence in River Oaks. The address will be provided after registration. Proceeds from this dinner will be used to fund future Symposiums.
Generously sponsored by Ralph and Miki Lusk Norton
Saturday, April 30, 2022 –
University of Houston – Downtown, The Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium
9:00am – Welcome Remarks
Heather Wooten, Executive Director, Texas State Historical Association
Jeff Dunn, President, San Jacinto Battleground Association
Jim E. Crisp, Ph.D., Moderator, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, North Carolina State University
9:30am – Richard McCaslin., Ph.D.
“Causes of the Texas Revolution from the Texan Colonist Perspective”
Dr. McCaslin, Professor of History, University of North Texas, will discuss the events that led to the Texas Revolution from the perspective of Anglo-American settlers and their reasons for severing political ties with Mexico as proclaimed in the Texas Declaration of Independence issued at Washington on the Brazos on March 2, 1836. Disappointed with the lack of support from Mexico, alarmed at the regulations imposed on April 6, 1830, and alienated by Santa Anna’s imposition of a military dictatorship, an increasing number of Texans supported independence during the last few months prior to Sam Houston’s victory at San Jacinto.
10:15am-10:30am – Morning Break
10:30am – 11:15am – Art Martinez
“Causes of the Texas Revolution from the Perspective of Tejanos”
Art Martinez de Vara will discuss the antecedents of the Texas Revolution from the Tejano perspective. A select group of Tejanos liberals defied national loyalties and supported Texas Independence. Martinez de Vara will explore the Spanish/Mexican intellectual traditions that formed the socio-political construct of Tejano society and led to the political crises of 1835 – 1836.
11:15am – 12:00pm – Andrew Torget., Ph.D.
“Slavery and the Causes of the Texas Revolution”
Dr. Torget will discuss the contentious topic of slavery’s role in bringing on the Texas Revolution. Surveying the fights that took place between Texans and Mexico’s government during the years before 1835, Torget will explore both slavery’s role in the rebellion and why the revolution mattered so much for slavery’s future in Texas.
12:00pm – 1:30pm – Lunch Break. A boxed lunch is included for all attendees who are registered for the Symposium.
1:30pm – 2:15pm – Miguel Ángel González-Quiroga
“The Texas Revolution: A Mexican Perspective”
The presentation will deal with the way Mexicans viewed the Texas Revolution before, during and after the separation of Texas and the effects that it had on Mexico’s history.
2:15pm – 3:00pm – Sam W. Haynes, Ph.D.
“Solely, Purely, Simply American: The Americanization of the Texas Revolution”
After the clash between Anglo settlers and Mexican troops at Gonzales, rebel leaders called upon the United States to come to their aid, prompting many young American men to flock to Texas in violation of US neutrality laws. This presentation will examine the role of American citizens and the US government in the crisis in Texas, as the rebellion against centralist rule morphed into what would ultimately become a wider struggle between the United States and Mexico for control of the North American continent.
3:00pm – 3:15pm Afternoon Break
3:15pm – 4pm Questions and Answers