In 2018, San Antonio will celebrate its 300th anniversary, and as part of that celebration, the Alamo is excited to announce the Alamo Tricentennial Lecture Series!
Each month, the Alamo will bring you experts who will explore the events, people, and themes that shaped the history of the Alamo, San Antonio, and Texas.
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About the Lecture:
Forgotten Fire-eaters: Texans Leave the Union in 1861
Convinced by alarming events that they had to act decisively to defend the “southern way of life” against Northern abolitionists and their supporters, Texans in the fall of 1860 voted overwhelmingly against Abraham Lincoln, the Republican candidate for president. When Lincoln won the presidential race, Texas became one of seven Gulf South states to declare itself out of the Union before he was inaugurated. Texas political leaders organized a Secession Convention and held a referendum on leaving the union, while military commanders led state troops in an expulsion of the Federal garrisons that guarded the frontier and border. Gov. Sam Houston and other Unionists protested in vain against the rush to disunion, which ended in a complete, if ultimately short-lived, triumph for the fire-eaters who advocated secession.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Richard B. McCaslin
Dr. Richard B. McCaslin, TSHA Professor of Texas History at the University of North Texas and Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association, is the author or editor of eighteen books, of which six have won awards. His Lee in the Shadow of Washington was also nominated for a Pulitzer in Biography. McCaslin is currently working on a biography of Pompeo Coppini, a classically trained Italian sculptor who lived in San Antonio and produced more than seventy works of public art, most of which still stand in Texas.
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