Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850


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University of North Carolina Press
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7.78 X 9.47 X 0.86 inches | 1.17 pounds

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About the Author

Andrew J. Torget is assistant professor of history at the University of North Texas.


Written in a clear, engaging style, and supported by prodigious research in both Mexican and U.S. archives, Seeds of Empire offers a complete reconfiguration of this period of Texas history. It will undoubtedly serve as the standard work on the topic.--American Historical Review

[An] insightful volume [that] provides a new analysis focused on the development of cotton farming.--Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Incisive and accessible . . . bridges borderlands history with that of the Atlantic World, crafting a multifaceted view of the rise of 'King Cotton' across borders and oceans.--Choice

A well-argued, brisk survey of the formative decades of modern Texas that challenges us to reconsider why it is that the legacy of slavery continues to haunt our civic and cultural life, both in Texas and throughout the nation.--Western Historical Quarterly

Torget ultimately has crafted a work to which scholars of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands should aspire--one that effectively balances U.S. and Mexican sources and addresses vital historical issues resonating from shifting national and imperial spaces.--Journal of American History

Well written, expertly researched, and interpretatively ambitious, Seeds of Empire immediately moves to the front ranks of monographs examining the long Civil War era on both sides of the Rio Grande.--Journal of the Civil War Era

Deeply researched and clearly written.--Journal of Southern History

The most nuanced and authoritative rewriting of Texas's origin myth to date.--Texas Monthly

Deeply researched and artfully written . . . Seeds of Empire brings new insight and nuance to the story of early Texas. . . . This is a fine and valuable addition to the library of Southwestern history, and it's a pleasure to read, as well.--Dallas Morning News

Expertly supports thoughtful arguments and deeply expands our understanding of the intersection between cotton, slavery, and empire.--H-Net Reviews