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Slavery and the Annexation of Texas

Merk, Frederick

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ISBN 10: 0394481046 / ISBN 13: 9780394481043
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1972
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Slavery and the Annexation of Texas

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

Book Type: Remainder

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The administration of John Tyler was as expansionistic as any this country has had. Tyler and his Junto (Merk's term) focused on solving the Maine boundary issue, the Oregon Territory issue and the question of whether or not to annex Texas. To this end, Tyler's Junto used propaganda to influence public opinion in the direction that they wanted to drive policy. That propaganda was directed to particular sections of the national audience. They would make one sort of argument to the North and another, often contradictory, argument to the Southern audience. For example, Sen. Robert Walker of Mississippi wrote a famous serial letter/pamphlet that argued that the annexation of Texas would lead inevitably to the mass movement of all of the slaves in America to Texas resulting in the inevitable exhaustion of the soils of Texas whereupon the slave owners would be face with the choice of bankruptcy or emancipation. They would choose emancipation and the freed slaves would drift south into the tropics of Mexico, Central and South America as if by irresistible magnetic forces. (I kid thee not. One of the great things that Merk does is attach pages of original source material to the book. Anyway, Merk argues that this argument was perfectly suited for the sort of uneasy combination of antislavery/white supremacy that was common in the North at the time. In one fell stroke, America would be rid of both slavery and black Americans. Poof!!

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