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Professor Russell Pens New Book

Thumbnail image for russell bookcover.jpgSociology Professor James Russell has authored a new book titled, "Escape from Texas: A Novel of Slavery and the Texas War of Independence" (Sloan Publishing). "Escape from Texas" is the novel of James Robinson, a slave who dreams of freedom in the years leading up to the Texas War of Independence.  Confronting his dreams are ranchers who have other plans for Texas.

The book is receiving critical acclaim. "No other novel has portrayed this turbulent period of time from the perspective of a slave," said Ben Vinson III, professor of Latin American History at Johns Hopkins University and author of "Black Mexico and Flight: The Story of Virgil Richardson, A Tuskegee Airman in Mexico." Vinson says the book is "a tantalizing, compelling and learned look into an under-examined period of history that bridges the experiences of African-Americans, Mexicans, Afro-Mexicans, Native-Americans and Anglo-Americans alike. Few other books have so keenly explored what border life may have been like in the years leading up to the Mexican-American War. Certainly, no novel has so astutely captured the mindset of black slaves and their complicated relationships with Mexico during this era. This is an unusual piece of fiction, both for its tight historical accuracy and the scope of its imagination. This is a gripping and wonderful narrative, packed with surprises, as well as new lessons in history."

For more information about Russell's book, visit  http://www.escapefromtexas.com/

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