Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Roberto M. Salmon
Dr. Paul R. Henggeler
Dr. Kelly F. Himmel
In the years leading up to the American Civil War, northeastern Mexico became a destination for fugitive slaves and African American freemen seeking refuge from the oppressive conditions caused by the expansion of the slave-based cotton economy in the southern United States and Texas. The geographic position of Matamoros, as well as social, economic and political changes in Mexico and the United States, made it one of the main destinations for African American emigrants leaving the Texas and other parts of the United States. This thesis examines the factors that caused different elements of African American fugitives slaves and freemen to seek refuge in Matamoros. It describes their journey to northeastern Mexico and the conditions they found there.
University of Texas-Pan American
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