2015 Houston History Conference on Saturday, September 12, 2015

WHAT: 2015 Houston History Conference

WHEN: Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 9 am to 3:45 pm

WHERE: University of Houston
Rockwell Pavilion — M.D. Anderson Library
4800 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77004

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The election of Abraham Lincoln to the U.S. Presidency in November of 1860 was seen as a major threat to the institution of slavery and Texas responded in the same way as all of the states whose economies relied on the forced labor of Africans: Secession. The Union responded and the Civil War began.

It took five long, bloody years to fight the war, with a total loss of over 623,000 lives. Everything changed; the Civil War maintained the Union, but the Union would never be the same. And neither was Houston.

Join the Houston History Alliance for our fifth annual Houston History Conference where we’ll explore the social, institutional and economic changes in the Houston area as a result of the Civil War. Afternoon topics will continue to look at the question from the viewpoint of more modern changes in Houston.

The conference will open with a welcome from former Houston Mayor Bill White, followed by short remarks by Dr. Bill Monroe, and Dr. Joe Pratt, editor-in-chief of Houston History magazine and professor in the UH Center for Public History.

Featured speakers and topics include:

  • “The Slaves of Houston from Steamboat Arrival to Emancipation” by Kelly M. Ray
  • Civil War on the Upper Gulf Coast” by Ken Grubb and Brady Hutchinson
  • Juneteenth by Alvia Wardlaw, Marline Pitre, Naomi Carrier and Portia Baker
  • Reconstruction in Houston by Ron Goodwin
  • Antebellum Wilderness: the Natural History of the Houston Area by Jaime Gonzalez
  • The Changing Images of Houston: 1860 to 1900 by Ann Becker
  • Houston Activism by the staff of Houston History Magazine
  • “Worrying Women, Working Women: Houston Area Women during Civil War and Reconstruction” by Angela Boswell

The conference will include Houston Humanities scholars, noted historians and leaders of Houston who have focused knowledge about the individuals and events that shaped Houston’s history during this period.

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