The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925

THE
SOUTHWESTERN HISTORICAL
QUARTERLY
VOL. XXVIII JULY, 1924 No. 1
The publcation committee and the editors dtsclasm responstbal2ty for mews expressed by
contributors to THE QUARTERLY
THE INFLUENCE OF SLAVERY IN THE COLONIZATION
OF TEXAS*
EUGENE C. BARKER
Benjamin Lundy published in 1836, at the close of the Texas
revolution, a pamphlet entitled: The War in Texas; a Review of
Facts and Circumstances, showing that this Contest is the Result
of a long Premeditated Crusade against the Government set on
foot by Slaveholders, Land Speculators, etc., with the View of
Re-establishing, Extending and Perpetuating the System of
Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Republic of Mexico.' Ex-
panding this thesis, he declared: "It is susceptible of the clear-
est demonstration that the immediate cause and the leading object
of this contest originated in a settled design among the slaveholders
of this country (with land speculators and slave-traders) to wrest
the large and valuable territory of Texas from the Mexican Re-
public in order to re-establish the System of Slavery, to open a
vast and profitable Slave Market therein, and, ultimately, to annex
it to the United States."
Lundy states thus what came to be the "authorized version" of
the motives behind the settlement, revolt, and annexation of Texas.
IHe furnished material for John Quincy Adams's stinging speeches
*The substance of this paper was read as a presidential address before
the Mississippi Valley Historical Association at Louisville, Kentucky, on
May 1, 1924. It is reprinted from the Mississippi Valley Historical Re-
view for June, 1924.
x"Printed for the author by Merrihew and Gunn, No. 7 Carters' Alley."
Philadelphia, 1836. Lundy wrote under the pseudonym, "A Citizen of
the United States."

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