HARLINGEN, Texas – Alice Baumgartner is the author of South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to Civil War.

The book tells the story of the enslaved people who escaped to Mexico in the four decades leading up to the Civil War. 

Baumgartner received a B.A. in History from Yale University and an M.Phil in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She earned her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2018. She now teaches history at the University of Southern California.

In a Zoom conversation with Salomon Torres, a Rio Grande Guardian contributor on Texas-Mexico history, Baumgartner discusses South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to Civil War. Here is the interview:

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