The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 339
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First German Settlement in Texas 339
in San Antonio and had adopted a resolution which condemned
slavery and which was interpreted by the American settlers to
approve of abolition, Ernst wrote from Industry that it was very
unwise for the Germans to take such a defiant stand against slav-
ery. He feared that the slaveowners might become antagonistic
toward the German immigrants and deny them political rights.20
It was well that Ernst cautioned his fellow-countrymen on this
very dangerous question, because the American settlers of Austin,
Washington and Fayette, and the neighboring counties felt that
all was well as long as Ernst took such a stand.
While Ernst lived, Industry continued to grow and its influ-
ence among the German settlements in that part of Texas in-
creased. By the beginning of the Civil War it was well estab-
lished, and to this good day Industry with its surrounding terri-
tory has retained its identity as a German community.
"'For an account of the San Antonio convention and the resulting con-
troversy, read my article, entitled "The Texas State Convention of Ger-
mans in 1854," in The Southwestern Historical Quarterly for April, 1930.
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