USA Today Originally Posted: June 14, 2021 Andrew Torget, a Clements Center fellow, is quoted in this USA Today article with mention of his award winning book Seeds of Empire. In the wake of 2020's racial reckoning over the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, the celebration of Juneteenth spread outside the African American community. Juneteenth, a portmanteau of June and 19th, commemorates June 19, 1865 — the date when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3, informing the Galveston, Texas, community that President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved African Americans in rebel states. It’s also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. A year later, Juneteenth comes as Congress struggles to pass sweeping legislation that would protect the rights [...]
Texas Monthly Originally Posted: May 2021 Had this been a non-pandemic year, Christopher Ramirez and Ashly Nicole Molina would have been in Austin on a recent Saturday afternoon. As two of the four finalists for the sixteen-and-under conjunto category in the Big Squeeze—the annual competition of Texas’s best young accordion players—they would’ve played live at the Lone Star Plaza in front of the Bullock Texas State History Museum. They would’ve felt the butterflies in their stomachs that come from standing onstage in front of a crowd, playing in front of judges, family, and other competitors. And as they did, extending and compressing the accordions’ bellows that breathe life into the instruments, moving their bodies to the rhythms and sounds, they would’ve felt that anxiety melt [...]
Lake Highlands Advocate Originally Posted: May 21, 2021 A Lake Highlands resident’s nonfiction book about how highway construction erased neighborhoods of color in Dallas was released today. Collin Yarbrough is a Lake Highlands High School alumnus and SMU grad student who also owns Full Circle Bakery with his mom, Judy. His book, Paved A Way, has the subtitle “Infrastructure, Policy and Racism in an American City.” He started working on it in May 2020, after turning in a paper about the history of Central Expressway. READ MORE
Texas Highways Originally Posted: April 2021 issue Growing up along the El Paso-Juárez border, I was a long drive from where much of the prevailing stories of Texas history took place. El Pasoans’ revolutionary heroes came from Mexico. Our cowboys were vaqueros, and our missions mainly told the history of Native Americans. Even if some of our schools were named after people who fought for Texas’ independence, those names hardly meant anything to me since I didn’t grow up hearing their well-known stories—real or mythic. Of course, even in the westernmost corner of the state, it was almost impossible to live unaware of the Texas ideology. I knew the Alamo existed, but it was so distant from my world it might as well have been [...]
Congratulations to Clements Center fellow Uzma Quraishi for winning the Theodore Saloutos Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society for the best book on immigration and ethnic studies for her volume, Redefining the Immigrant South: Indian and Pakistani Immigration to Houston during the Cold War (New Directions in Southern Studies Series with the University of North Carolina Press, 2020).
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Dedman College News Originally Posted: March 5, 2021 The Texas State Historical Association named SMU PhD Graduate Joel Zapata (now assistant professor of history at Oregon State University) winner of the Catarino and Evangelina Hernández Research Fellowship in Latino History for his project titled, “From West Texas to the World: Chicana/o Activist Print Culture and Social Transformation." The Clements Center is proud to have supported his research. Congratulations, Joel!
Dedman College News Originally Posted: March 4, 2021 Clements Center fellow Miguel Ángel González-Quiroga was awarded the Ramirez Family Award for Most Significant Scholarly Book from the Texas Institute of Letters for his book War and Peace on the Rio Grande Frontier, 1830-1880 (University of Oklahoma Press). His book previously won both the Tejano Book Award from the Tejano Genealogy Society and the Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize from the Texas State Historical Association. https://www.oupress.com/books/15456265/war-and-peace-on-the-rio-grande-frontier-1830?fbclid=IwAR2MLmbT0kO6B7-2bWhWqF2OovagpyzSjfPM6_EUUEut4vbv9HS9UrDEOak
Congratulations to Aaron Sanchez (SMU Ph.D. 2013) on the publication of his book _Homeland: Ethnic Mexican Belonging since 1900_ (University of Oklahoma Press, 2021). The Clements Center is proud to have supported Aaron and his research. https://www.oupress.com/books/16122730/homeland