Monday, November 21 at 7pm

speaking & signing
Blue Texas:
The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition
in the Civil Rights Era





Behind the image that’s always portrayed in the media - as a hotbed for cowboy conservatism - there is another Texas. In his new book, Blue Texas, historian Max Kromchal delves into the strong history of community organizing, liberal politics, and civil right activism in the Lone Star State. Join us tonight us tonight for an insightful discussion with the author. Co-Sponsored by the Texas AFL-CIO 


This book is about the other Texas, not the state known for its cowboy conservatism, but a mid-twentieth-century hotbed of community organizing, liberal politics, and civil rights activism. Beginning in the 1930s, Max Krochmal tells the story of the decades-long struggle for democracy in Texas, when African American, Mexican American, and white labor and community activists gradually came together to empower the state's marginalized minorities. At the ballot box and in the streets, these diverse activists demanded not only integration but economic justice, labor rights, and real political power for all. Their efforts gave rise to the Democratic Coalition of the 1960s, a militant, multiracial alliance that would take on and eventually overthrow both Jim Crow and Juan Crow.

Using rare archival sources and original oral history interviews, Krochmal reveals the often-overlooked democratic foundations and liberal tradition of one of our nation's most conservative states. Blue Texasremembers the many forgotten activists who, by crossing racial lines and building coalitions, democratized their cities and state to a degree that would have been unimaginable just a decade earlier--and it shows why their story still matters today.


Max Krochmal is assistant professor of history at Texas Christian University.

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Monday, November 21, 2016 - 7:00pm
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Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era (Justice) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781469626758
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - November 14th, 2016

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