Born and raised in Tucson, Tom Prezelski is a seventh-generation Southern Arizonan and University of Arizona graduate. He worked as an economic development planner for both the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Tohono O’odham Nation before serving three terms in the Arizona House of Representatives. He has served on several city commissions and community boards and volunteers at the re-created Tucson Presidio. He is the author of Californio Lancers: The 1st Battalion of Native Cavalry in the Far West, 1863–1866, which was selected by nationally syndicated columnist Gustavo Arellano as one of the best Mexican-themed books of 2015.
Tom Prezelski considers “West of Slavery: The Southern Dream of a Transcontinental Empire,” the new book by Kevin Waite....