On November 8, 2023, Humanities Texas held a one-day workshop in Fort Worth focusing on Mexican Texas during the crucial period of 1825 to 1835 that led to the Texas Revolution.
Content aligned with the TEKS. Presentations covered Mexican Texas, a time during which Texas underwent a transformative shift as competing interests from the United States, Mexico City, and within Texas itself destabilized the territory and sent it spiraling toward rebellion. To help teachers better understand that shift, the workshop explored how four different groups—people in the United States, people in Mexico City, Mexicans living in Texas, and Americans living in Texas—each understood the evolving situation in Texas differently.
The workshop featured close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources and texts, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Teachers received books and other instructional materials.
Workshop faculty included Gregg Cantrell (Texas Christian University), Jesús F. de la Teja (former Texas State historian), Sam Haynes (UT Arlington), and Andrew Torget (University of North Texas).
The workshop was made possible with major funding from the State of Texas with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.