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The Strange Career of William Ellis The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire


The Strange Career of William Ellis  The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire
  • Author : Karl Jacoby
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release : 2016-06-13
  • ISBN : 9780393253863
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Winner of the Ray Allen Billington Prize and the Phillis Wheatley Book Award "An American 'Odyssey,' the larger-than-life story of a man who travels far in the wake of war and gets by on his adaptability and gift for gab." —Wall Street Journal A black child born on the US-Mexico border in the twilight of slavery, William Ellis inhabited a world divided along ambiguous racial lines. Adopting the name Guillermo Eliseo, he passed as Mexican, transcending racial lines to become fabulously wealthy as a Wall Street banker, diplomat, and owner of scores of mines and haciendas south of the border. In The Strange Career of William Ellis, prize-winning historian Karl Jacoby weaves an astonishing tale of cunning and scandal, offering fresh insights on the history of the Reconstruction era, the US-Mexico border, and the abiding riddle of race in America.

The Strange Career of William Ellis


The Strange Career of William Ellis
  • Author : Karl Jacoby
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton
  • Release : 2017-06-06
  • ISBN : 0393354172
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A black child born on the US-Mexico border in the twilight of slavery, William Ellis inhabited a world divided along ambiguous racial lines. Adopting the name Guillermo Eliseo, he passed as Mexican, transcending racial lines to become fabulously wealthy as a Wall Street banker, diplomat, and owner of scores of mines and haciendas south of the border. In The Strange Career of William Ellis, prize-winning historian Karl Jacoby weaves an astonishing tale of cunning and scandal, offering fresh insights on the history of the Reconstruction era, the US-Mexico border, and the abiding riddle of race in America.

The Strange Career of William Ellis


The Strange Career of William Ellis
  • Author : Karl Jacoby
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton
  • Release : 2016
  • ISBN : 039323925X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A prize-winning historian tells a new story of the black experience in America through the life of a mysterious entrepreneur.

Shadows at Dawn


Shadows at Dawn
  • Author : Karl Jacoby
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2009-11-24
  • ISBN : 9781101159514
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A masterful reconstruction of one of the worst Indian massacres in American history In April 1871, a group of Americans, Mexicans, and Tohono O?odham Indians surrounded an Apache village at dawn and murdered nearly 150 men, women, and children in their sleep. In the past century the attack, which came to be known as the Camp Grant Massacre, has largely faded from memory. Now, drawing on oral histories, contemporary newspaper reports, and the participants? own accounts, prize-winning author Karl Jacoby brings this perplexing incident and tumultuous era to life to paint a sweeping panorama of the American Southwest?a world far more complex, diverse, and morally ambiguous than the traditional portrayals of the Old West.

Texas and Northeastern Mexico 1630 1690


Texas and Northeastern Mexico  1630 1690
  • Author : Juan Bautista Chapa
  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Release : 2010-06-28
  • ISBN : 9780292789845
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In the seventeenth century, South Texas and Northeastern Mexico formed El Nuevo Reino de León, a frontier province of New Spain. In 1690, Juan Bautista Chapa penned a richly detailed history of Nuevo León for the years 1630 to 1690. Although his Historia de Nuevo León was not published until 1909, it has since been acclaimed as the key contemporary document for any historical study of Spanish colonial Texas. This book offers the only accurate and annotated English translation of Chapa's Historia. In addition to the translation, William C. Foster also summarizes the Discourses of Alonso de León (the elder), which cover the years 1580 to 1649. In the appendix, Foster includes a translation of Alonso (the younger) de León's previously unpublished revised diary of the 1690 expedition to East Texas and an alphabetical listing of over 80 Indian tribes identified in this book. Chapa was also an authority on the local Indians, and his Historia lists the names and locations of over 300 Indian tribes. This information, together with descriptions of the vegetation, wildlife, and climate in seventeenth-century Texas, make this book essential reading for ethnographers, anthropologists, and biogeographers, as well as students and scholars of Spanish borderlands history.