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Max Krochmal - Blue Texas

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Blue Texas:
Back to the Future

A Reflection by
Max Krochmal

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
12:30 - 2:30 pm
Flowers Hall 230

Max Krochmal


Blue Texas is about the other Texas, a mid-twentieth-century hotbed of community organizing, liberal politics, and civil rights activism. At the ballot box and in the streets, Mexican Americans, African Americans and labor activists demanded not only integration but economic justice, labor rights, and real political power for all. And it worked, permanently changing the racial political order in Texas.

In this talk, Max Krochmal goes back to the politics of community organizing in Jim Crow Texas to consider all of our futures in Texas after Trump and after Hurricane Harvey.


Max Krochmal, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History and founding Director of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He is the author of Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era, which received the Frederick Jackson Turner Award of the Organization of American Historians and the Coral Horton Tullis Prize of the Texas State Historical Association, among other accolades. He is also director of the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project, which received a National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research grant, and the faculty co-director of the TCU Justice Journey, a distinctive academic and experiential-learning course on the African American and Chicano/a liberation struggles.

Other Awards:

2016 Ramirez Family Award, Texas Institute of Letters
Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize, Texas State Historical Association
National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, Tejas Foco Non-Fiction Book Award
Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians for Best First Book