History Department
History Department

IHS Workshop: "How Louisiana’s Boomtowns Created—and Lost—An Oil Boom, 1901-1935,” by Henry Alexander Wiencek, University of Texas at Austin

Mon, January 29, 2018 | GAR 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

About this workshop: Dr. Wiencek's paper traces the circuitous route that Louisiana’s oil wealth followed once it left the ground. Although pockets of mineral wealth naturally occurred across its landscape, the economic, political and social structures that existed above ground redirected that wealth away from their geological origins. Henry explores this compelling disconnect between environment and wealth that characterized Louisiana’s first oil boom.

Henry Alexander Wiencek was awarded his Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. Under the guidance of Dr. Jacqueline Jones, he wrote the dissertation "Oil City: The Social, Economic and Environmental Anatomy of North Louisiana's Oil Boomtowns, 1901-1935." He is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 2017-2018. He has articles forthcoming in Louisiana History and North Louisiana History.

Megan Raby
Assistant Professor of History, and
Faculty Associate, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
University of Texas at Austin

Free and open to the public. RSVP required. To RSVP and receive a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email cmeador@austin.utexas.edu by 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 26.

Sponsored by: Department of American Studies; Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

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