The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 423
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An Analysis of the Texas Know Nothings 423
were young politicians "on the make," and others were little
known lawyers, farmers, and businessmen who were for the
moment thrown into the public light. Some joined the Know
Nothing movement because of their concern over the increased
number of persons of foreign birth in the state; others joined
in the hope of preventing disunion over the sectional contro-
versy. Some, like Ben Epperson of Red River, were consistent
members of the "loyal opposition." Whig, Know Nothing, Hous-
ton Independent, Constitutional Unionist, and anti-secessionist,
Epperson was almost constantly a member of the minority party
in Texas. The Know Nothing movement represented for him
at the moment a convenient means of protesting Democratic
domination of the state. Undoubtedly there were many others
like him who for a brief period supported the Know Nothing
party in Texas.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967, periodical, 1967; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101199/m1/449/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.