The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 201
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The Texas Road to Secession and War
-no longer an honorable inheritance--will become a token of
inferiority and a brand of reproach?88
The "treasonable doctrines" of the Black Republican party were
illustrated in a series of articles beginning in October and con-
tinuing through December, entitled "The Crisis." The October
27 installment said, "Texas will strike the moment that a Black
Republican is elected."34
Texas did go Democratic, but the nation did not. Lincoln won
and Douglas was second. The Gazette said, "TEXAs has vindicated
her self-respect-her liberty-her equality-her sovereigntyll She
has planted her heel upon the principle of submissionllll Hurrah!
For the Freemen of Texasll! "36 When the national returns be-
came public, the Gazette began freely to air secession: "Every
citizen has a perfect right to advocate secession, either in the
public or by unfurling a flag."36
The Gazette did not back down on its stand on slavery. In
November an article stated, "The institution of slavery is emi-
nently conservative, and tends to create a perfect equality among
white citizens, and to excite the sentiments of pride and honor
among all classes, for in the Slave States all menial labor is per-
formed by an inferior race." The Gazette boldly declared its
beliefs on slavery and secession:
The South can submit neither in safety or honor. But every South-
ern State should avail itself of its sovereign right to secede from a
Union fraught with so much ruin and dishonor to slave States. ...
Our citizens should respectfully petition Governor Houston to call
the Legislature. Let the Legislature call together a convention of the
people. Their sovereignty can alone determine the question of sub-
mission or secession.88
Sam Houston did not believe in the necessity of disunion. He
was directly opposed to the stand taken by the Gazette, and he
33lbid., November 8, 1860, p. 2.
M4Ibid., October 27, 186o, p. 2.
8sIbid., November 1o, 1860, p. 2.
aolbid., November 17, 186o, p. 2.
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