Books: Non-Fiction

The Counter Revolution of 1836: Texas Slavery & Jim Crow and the Roots of American Fascism

Time Periods: 1800, 20th Century, 21st Century
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Imperialism, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance

When Mexico moved to abolish slavery, Texas seceded in 1836 — in a replay of 1776 — in order to perpetuate enslavement of Africans forevermore. Until 1845, Texas was an independent nation and moved to challenge the U.S. for leadership in the odious commerce of the African Slave Trade. Texas also competed vigorously with the U.S. in the dirty business of denuding Mexico by snatching California in the race to the Pacific and domination of the vaunted China market.

book cover showing enslaved people being hanged, superimposed over Texas and Nazi flags.

But Texas could not withstand pressure from abolitionist Mexico and revolutionary Haiti and joined the U.S. as a state — under questionable legal procedures — in 1845. Thereafter Texas’ enslaved population increased exponentially along with land grabs targeting Comanches, Caddo and Kiowa — and other Indigenous nations — leading to staggeringly violent bloodshed.

From the secession of 1836 to Texas’ secession in 1861, from Texas’ attempts to continue the enslavement of Africans during the Reconstruction period to the role of Texans in the attempted insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 and the increasing role of fascism within the U.S. rightwing, this book provides a detailed history of  counterrevolutionary forces in Texas state history. [Adapted from publisher’s description.]

ISBN: 9780717800018 | International Publishers

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