Texas in the American Civil War
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The paper discusses how Texas voted to severe ties with Abraham Lincoln's incoming administration and the Union, although Governor Sam Houston was devoted towards the Union and an ardent opponent of secession. The paper reveals that the Texan people quickly and willingly accepted the nationalistic identity of confederation and they were very willing to fight against the Union. The paper also describes how the life of the common Texan was affected by the civil war.
From the Paper:"The antebellum Texas was an economical, political and social stronghold of the Southern states which were prominently supporting the slave-trade. The majority of Texas people were involved in agriculture who were engaged in herding and subsistence farming were dependent on producing cotton as that of a cash crop. The agricultural base gave way to establishment of "Peculiar Institution" slavery. There were over 30,000 black slaves in Texas by 1846. The political environment in Texas was also hugely influenced by Southern motives of slave trade (The Antebellum Texas: The Handbook of Texas online).
"By 1850, the state of Texas started suffering the heat of growing conflicts between the Northern and Southern states. Most of the Texans were strongly attached with an affinity to remain with the Union for which they put great efforts to join in 1845; they were very much troubled by the incessant attacks by Northern political leaders on their Southern counterpart. Furthermore, irrespective of the fact that only 25 percent of all Texan families hold slaves, almost every Texan was in favor of opposing any interference by the Northern leaders and Union government with the institution of slavery (Civil War: The Handbook of Texas Online)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Lang, Andrew F. Upon the Altar of Our Country: Confederate Identity, Nationalism, and Morale in Harrison County, Texas, Civil War History, vol. 47, no. 1, 2009, pp: 16-22.
- Phillips, Gervase. Warhorses of the U.S. Civil War. History Today, vol. 55, no. 12, December 2005, pp: 43-47.
- Reid, Thomas. Spartan Band: Burnett's 13th Texas Cavalry in the Civil War, University of North Texas Press, Denton, TX. 2005.
- The Handbook of Texas online. Civil War. 2010.<http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/CC/qdc2.html>
- The Handbook of Texas online. The Antebellum Texas. 2010.<http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/AA/npa1.html>
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