History Professor Dr. Doug Richmond discusses “The Mexican Struggle for Independence from Spain, 1810-1821” to open the Focus on Faculty series at noon Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the sixth floor parlor at the Central Library. A reception follows the presentation.
Dr. Richmond, a member of the history faculty since 1976, focuses on how Mexico’s drive for autonomy from Spain gradually developed into demands for complete independence.
“Unlike the rest of Latin America, Mexico’s struggle for nationhood was led initially by two priests, Miguel Hidalgo and Jose Morelos, who unleashed a violent social revolution,” Richmond says. “A long stalemate ensued until 1821 when Agustín Iturbide, the unappreciated hero of Mexican independence, formulated a brilliant compromise that enabled the insurgents to triumph.”
Co-sponsored by the Library and the Center for Mexican American Studies, the program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Tommie Wingfield at 2-2658 or email@example.com.