The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 25
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Annexation of Texas and the Mississippi Democrats 25
by C. S. Tarpley in the Mississippi House of Representatives, Feb-
ruary 22, 1850, the speaker after referring to the fact that it was
left to Polk to grace his administration by adding the "lone star"
to our galaxy, gave expression to the following sentiment: "Here
was a conquest not marked with blood, or sullied with national
crime." By this act a fresh guarantee had been given to southern
In summarizing the results that may fairly be deduced from the
foregoing study, the conclusions arrived at are in a measure the
same as those which have been set forth by other writers in deal-
ing with the annexation question in the presidential campaign,-
namely, that in Mississippi as elsewhere there was no clear-cut
issue between annexation and anti-annexation, but that those who
voted for Polk were influenced by a number of considerations;
yet it is perfectly evident, it would seem, in view of the evidence
that has been presented, that could every other issue have been
eliminated, an overwhelming majority of the voters of Mississippi
would have recorded a preference in favor of the immediate an-
nexation of Texas. The most potent consideration by which the
advocates of annexation were moved was unquestionably a desire
to protect the declining slave interests of the South. Second only
to this was probably the determination to prevent interference on
the part of England, whose abolitionist designs were chiefly feared;
practically every other reason why the presence of a foreign power
upon the southwest border would work injury to the South and
to the nation as a whole is to be met with in the arguments ad-
vanced by the advocates of annexation in Mississippi.73
""Eulogy of James K. Polk," 23 (Jackson, 1850).
"So far as the so-called economic arguments are concerned, it is difficult
to believe that any of these had a decisive influence in arousing a genuine
sentiment in favor of immediate annexation; of these the most potent
perhaps was the danger to be apprehended from the possibility of Texas
as an independent state supplying England with cotton to the injury of
the Southern states.
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