Presentation by: Dr. Richard McCaslin, Professor, University of North Texas
Location: UNT Health Science Center, MET Building, 1000 Montgomery St., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Dinner: 6PM Program starts at: 7PM
Menu: Italian Sausage and Beef Lasagna, Grilled Vegetables, Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread, Desserts. – $20. To RSVP email email@example.com or text or call 817-307-9263.
The Texas cotton trade during the Civil War provided hundreds of millions of dollars to support the Confederate military effort in the Department of the Trans-Mississippi. Plus, it also made some Texans, like Captain Richard King of King Ranch fame, very rich.
Many scholars have previously overlooked, misrepresented, or dismissed this vital financial source, which, in fact, accounted for almost 1/3 of all cotton exported from the Confederacy. This trade relied upon an interesting mixture of blockade runners and Mexican border merchants, who took advantage of the diplomatic neutrality guaranteed by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. But it was also encouraged and promoted by Confederate and state agencies who did a remarkable job of supporting the Confederacy in the far west.
Dr. Richard McCaslin is a Professor of History at the Univ. of North Texas. He is the author or editor of eighteen books including his biography of “Rip” Ford – the 2011 Pate Award Winner. His talks are always one of the highlights or our year and feature great topics, excellent information. and unique perspectives. Don’t miss it! See you on the 14th!