Blue Texas: The Hidden History of the Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era

This lecture uncovers the *other* Texas, not the state known for its cowboy conservatism, but a mid-twentieth-century hotbed of community organizing, liberal politics, and civil rights activism--and the multiracial Democratic Coalition they built together to remap state politics.

Lecture Description

This lecture uncovers the *other* Texas, not the state known for its cowboy conservatism, but a mid-twentieth-century hotbed of community organizing, liberal politics, and civil rights activism. Beginning in the 1930s, Max Krochmal tells of African American, Mexican American, and white labor and community activists who discovered multiracial coalition-building as the secret weapon in their separate struggles for justice. At the ballot box and in the streets, they gradually came together to demand not only integration but labor rights and real political power for all. Dr. Krochmal’s book, *Blue Texas*, won the OAH’s Frederick Jackson Turner Award (2017), among other prizes.

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Civil Rights Latino Latina

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