The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902

28 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.

THE ANNEXATION OF TEXAS AND THE MEXICAN
WAR.
Z. T. FULMORE.
It is probable that no period in the history of the United States,
with the possible exception of that embracing the Civil War and its
immediate causes, has monopolized so large a share of the attention
of history writers and others as the period between 1840 and 1850,
the leading events of which were the annexation of Texas and the
Mexican War. The men and events of no period have been more
persistently maligned and more recklessly distorted. The poison
that permeates the larger histories carries unmistakable evidences
of the ignorance and prejudice that darkened the minds of the
authors. The smaller histories, and especially school histories,
which for the most part are compiled from the material furnished
by the larger histories, have, unintentionally, no doubt, as a rule,
selected out many fragments that are real Trojan horses, and bale-
ful in making impressions upon the minds of the young. I have
recently examined two Southern school histories, which bear many
evidences of having been dressed up to suit the sectional sentiment
supposed to predominate in the South, with several doses of this
poison extracted along with other matter.
The very strained and elaborate efforts made in the political
campaign of 1844 to blacken the reputation of the Texas pioneer
and his work as a nation builder, as well as the libelous defama-
tion of statesmen and citizens of the United States, who actively,
yet legitimately and honorably, aided in so great a consummation
as the annexation of Texas, it would seem ought to have been con-
signed to the museum of the history of partisanship in this coun-
try, but such is not the case. The newspaper, the pamphlet, the
speech, the sermon, the vituperation, the billingsgate that appealed
to the baser passions of men from 1840 to 1850, have been exalted
to the plane of history, and such men as Jackson, Calhoun, Hous-
ton, Polk and other illustrious statesmen are gathered in a group
with the Texas pioneer, and they are summed up as swindlers, rob-
bers, liars, thieves, cowards, adventurers, slavocrats, "foul mouthed

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