The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 15, July 1911 - April, 1912

THE QUARTERLY
OF THE
TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
VOL. XV JANUARY, 1912 No. 3
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expressed by contributors to THE QUARTERLY
THE TEXAN DECLARATION OF CAUSES FOR TAKING
UP ARMS AGAINST MEXICO
EUGENE C. BARKER
Comparison of the Texas revolt of 1835-1836 with the Ameri-
can Revolution reveals in many particulars a close parallelism
between the two. This is especially striking in the divided state of
public opinion which in both cases preceded, as well as accompanied
and followed, the resort to arms, and in the method of procedure
adopted for organizing resistance. But perhaps, after all, the exist-
ence of such parallelism is less remarkable than its absence would
be, for in each case the defendants were Anglo-Americans, and
in each the fundamental cause of revolt was the same-a sudden
effort of the supreme government to enforce laws long forgotten
or disregarded and to extend in local affairs an imperial adminis-
tration to which the colonists were strangers. Sober historians
have swept away the haze of political oratory which once obscured
the causes of the American Revolution and have found them less
grievous than ardent patriots formerly imagined, but even his-
torians do not question the naturalness of the revolt. No doubt
the actual grievances of the Texans were less serious than their
Patrick Henries and Samuel Adamses believed them to be, but
with all due allowance for their conscious and unconscious exagger-
ation of the evils threatened by Mexico, human nature being as it
is, the Texas revolution was natural enough. That American his-

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