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Samantha Romero 11/29/20 Professor Tucker Storm Over Texas: The Annexation Controversy and the Road to Civil War Taking place in the spring of 1844, Joel Silbey portrays one of the most crucial moments in Texas history with “Storm Over Texas: The Annexation Controversy and the Road to Civil War”, where a series of unexpected diplomatic moves sparked a crisis that intensified the North - South divide. One of the biggest controversies in question was the discord over the annexation of Texas, with slavery being the root of the affair, ultimately leading to be a key point to influence the path to the Civil War. Silbey argues a compelling narrative with evidence found in multiple perspectives from John C. Calhoun to Van Buren, with the help of maps and cartoons, over the admission of Texas into the Union that philosophically changed the course of American History. Silbey does not exactly say that the arguments over Texas directly resulted in the inevitable Civil War, but, instead, analyzes how it introduced the series of actions that ended in the war. The book launches with a prescient statement by Daniel Barnard, New York Congressmen, “As certain as truth and God exist, the admission of Texas into the Union will prove, sooner or later, an element of overwhelming ruin to the republic” (Silbey, xvii). He goes on to clarify how the argument over Texas impacted the objectives of American political parties and how partisan pol

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