Sunday, May 02, 2021 3:00 PM
The Baton Foundation on Zoom
The Baton Foundation, in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library for African American Culture and History, welcomes Professor Alice Baumgartner for an online discussion of her book on the confluence of Mexican and United States history during the antebellum era, “South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to Civil War.”
This event is free and open to the public. Register for the the discussion via the link below.
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About the Book
A brilliant and surprising account of the coming of the American Civil War, showing the crucial role of slaves who escaped to Mexico.
The Underground Railroad to the North promised salvation to many American slaves before the Civil War. But thousands of people in the south-central United States escaped slavery not by heading north but by crossing the southern border into Mexico, where slavery was abolished in 1837.
In "South to Freedom,” historian Alice L. Baumgartner tells the story of why Mexico abolished slavery and how its increasingly radical antislavery policies fueled the sectional crisis in the United States. Southerners hoped that annexing Texas and invading Mexico in the 1840s would stop runaways and secure slavery's future. Instead, the seizure of Alta California and Nuevo México upset the delicate political balance between free and slave states. This is a revelatory and essential new perspective on antebellum America and the causes of the Civil War.
About the Author
Alice Baumgartner is an assistant professor of history at the University of Southern California. She holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and an M.Phil. in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Her first book, ”South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to Civil War,” was selected as an Editor’s Choice by The New York Times Book Review and as a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.