The Texas Revolution began in 1835 when most colonists from the United States rebelled against the Mexican government in the Mexican province of Texas. Dr. Linda English will present a program on the Texas Revolution along with its causes and consequences during the Scholars for Life lecture and presentation scheduled for Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m. at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library.

The revolution started with the Battle of Gonzales on October 2, 1835, and ended with the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. It only lasted 18 minutes because Santa Anna’s army was caught off guard by the Texan army with his soldiers either being killed, scattered, or captured.

English received her Ph.D. in American History from the University of Oklahoma in May 2005. She taught at Oklahoma University and the University of Northern Colorado before becoming an Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Her research and publications focus primarily on race, class, and gender during the late nineteenth century, specifically Texas and Indian Territory. Her articles include “Revealing Accounts: Women’s Lives and General Stores” (“The Historian” 2002), “Inside the General Store, Inside the Past: A Cultural Analysis of McAlester’s General Store” (“The Chronicles of Oklahoma” 2003), and “Recording Race: General Stores and Race in the Late Nineteenth-Century Southwest” (“Southwestern Historical Quarterly” 2006).

She also contributed a biographical chapter on Oscar James Dunn in “Before Obama: A Reappraisal of Black Reconstruction Era Politicians,” titled “That is All We Ask for—An Equal Chance: Oscar James Dunn, Louisiana’s First Black Lieutenant Governor,” ed. Matthew Lynch (Praeger 2012). Her most recent publication is “Southern Reflections: Evolving Attitudes on Race and Region in Indian Territory” (“Great Plains Quarterly” 2014).

In 2013, the University of Oklahoma Press published her book, “By All Accounts: General Stores and Community Life in Texas and Indian Territory.” Her current research examines the Runaway Scrape” and other aspects of the Texas Revolution through the lens of gender. Her current article under review is titled, “Madam, you ought to be the man such times as these:” Gendered Confrontations and the Runaway Scrape.

The Scholars For Life Series encourages library partnerships with local educational institutions by providing access to lifelong learning through lectures and presentations that enhance lives and the Rio Grande Valley community.

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