A History of Slavery

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Without a doubt this post is about Texas, but my intent is that any discussion of slavery, the history of slavery is fair game, hence the generalized title.

What follows is a very interesting and informative article describing the history of Texas, how it started as a sanctioned settlement of Americans living in Mexico, who agreed to become Mexican citizens, and how the motivation to create it was based on cotton and slaves and the fundamentals of a profitable slave based economy.

And how Tejas became Texas because this groups of people reneged on their agreement to becoming Mexican citizens and became rebels insisting on their rights to hold fellow human beings in bondage. Keep in mind that this was soon after Mexico had just won it’s independence from Spain and had enough of being oppressed and was completely anti-slavery.

Texas was about people coming from a country built on the standards of liberty, equality, and equal rights, regressively and forcefully demanding to be slave owners. No surprise there were many from the US South Involved in this conflict.

There are direct parallels to the United States who was founded allowing slavery, with the intent that it would be eventually outlawed. We ended up fighting a civil war over when that should happen. Just like the US South who looked at former slaves saying: we fought to keep you in bondage and treat you like animals. So just how revered should the creators of Texas be?

There is no rationalization that can wash this historical stain way. At best we can acknowledge this, condemn it, and vow to never allow it to happen again.



 
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Without a doubt this post is about Texas, but my intent is that any discussion of slavery, the history of slavery is fair game, hence the generalized title.

What follows is a very interesting and informative article describing the history of Texas, how it started as a sanctioned settlement of Americans living in Mexico, who agreed to become Mexican citizens, and how the motivation to create it was based on cotton and slaves and the fundamentals of a profitable slave based economy.

And how Tejas became Texas because this groups of people reneged on their agreement to becoming Mexican citizens and became rebels insisting on their rights to hold fellow human beings in bondage. Keep in mind that this was soon after Mexico had just won it’s independence from Spain and had enough of being oppressed and was completely anti-slavery.

Texas was about people coming from a country built on the standards of liberty, equality, and equal rights, regressively and forcefully demanding to be slave owners. No surprise there were many from the US South Involved in this conflict.

There are direct parallels to the United States who was founded allowing slavery, with the intent that it would be eventually outlawed. We ended up fighting a civil war over when that should happen. Just like the US South who looked at former slaves saying: we fought to keep you in bondage and treat you like animals. So just how revered should the creators of Texas be?

There is no rationalization that can wash this historical stain way. At best we can acknowledge this, condemn it, and vow to never allow it to happen again.



Texans: “Remember the Alamo!” (1836)
Also Texans: “Why do you keep bringing up slavery? It was so long ago?” (ended June 19th 1865)
 
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