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Emilio Zamora serving as consultant on AMC series “The Son,” story of multi-generational family and Texas oil empire

Tue, October 24, 2017
Emilio Zamora serving as consultant on AMC series “The Son,” story of multi-generational family and Texas oil empire
Promo for the TV series "The Son" courtesy of AMC, and Prof. Emilio Zamora

Professor Emilio Zamora is serving as a history and translation consultant on the American TV series The Son, on AMC. Based on Philipp Meyer’s bestselling novel of the same title, The Son is a Western drama starring Pierce Brosnan as Eli McCullough. The series, which aired its first season from April to June 2017, tells Eli’s story between 1849 and 1915.

Dr. Zamora, a Professor of History at UT Austin, not only brings foremost expertise to this topic, but also knows some of that history firsthand-- with family roots in the Mexico-Texas border region dating back to the 1700s, he grew up on both sides of the international line. He is the author of several books, including The World War I Diary of José de la Luz Sáenz (2014), Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas (2009), The World of the Mexican Worker in Texas (1993), and El Movimiento Obrero Mexicano en el Sur de Texas, 1900-1920 (1986).  His current research interests include the history of Mexicans in the United States and their relationship with Mexico, oral history, the history of the U.S. working class, Texas history, and the archival enterprise in Texas and northern Mexico.

Watch a trailer of the series, and read more about Emilio's work on this topic on Not Even PastTejanos through Time, The Texas State Historical Association Launches the Tejano History Handbook Project, and a self-review of his book Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas; Mexican Workers and Job Politics during World War II.

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