The Berkeley Seminar on Global History with Karl Jacoby | The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire

Karl Jacoby, Professor of History, Columbia University
with special guest Chip Williams, descendent of William Ellis

To his contemporaries in Gilded Age Manhattan, Guillermo Eliseo was a fantastically wealthy Mexican, the proud owner of a luxury apartment overlooking Central Park, a busy Wall Street office, and scores of mines and haciendas in Mexico. But for all his obvious riches and his elegant appearance, Eliseo was also the possessor of a devastating secret: he was not, in fact, from Mexico at all. Rather, he had begun life as a slave named William Ellis, born on a cotton plantation in southern Texas during the waning years of King Cotton. Join us to hear the celebrated Columbia historian Karl Jacoby discuss Ellis’s incredible story and the sleuthing required to excavate it.

Sponsored by the Institute of International Studies and the Department of History

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 4:00pm
All Welcome
3335 Dwinelle Hall