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Yes, soldiers and fellow citizens, these are the worthy beings who, by the twists of fate, delivered their bodies to the ferocity of their enemies. I invite you to declare to the entireworld, "Texas shall be free and independent or we shall perish in glorious combat."
STANFORD HISTORY EDUCATION GROUP sheg.stanford.edu Document C: Manchola Letter (Modified) Coahuila y Tejas politician Rafael Manchola wrote the following about Anglo Americansin an 1826 letter to a military commander. We cannot trust the Anglo-American colonists because they are continually demonstrating that they refuse to follow our laws, unless it is convenient for them. We will have many problems if we do not stop their disrespectful behavior by stationing soldiers and a Mexican judge in each settlement. They have been using their own colonists as judges and practicing their own laws, forgetting that they swore to obey thelaws of Mexico. Document D: Burnet Letter The following is an excerpt from an 1836 letter written by David G. Burnet, a New Jersey-born leader of the revolution to Senator Henry Clay of the United States. One general fact may account for all: the utter dissimilarity of character between the twopeople, the Texians and the Mexicans. The first are principally Anglo Americans; the others a mongrel race of degenerate Spaniards and Indians more depraved than they. Document E: Lundy Pamphlet (Modified) The following is from an 1836 pamphlet called “War in Texas” by Benjamin Lundy, a well-known American abolitionist. The pamphlet helped convince influential American leaders to oppose the annexation of Texas. We have been asked to believe that the inhabitants of Texas have been fighting to maintain the sacred principles of Liberty, and the natural, inalienable Rights of Man:— whereas, their motives have been exactly the opposite. The immediate cause and maingoal of this war—led by the slaveholders of this country, (with land speculators and slave traders)—has been to grab the large and valuable territory of Texas from the Mexican Republic, in order to re-establish the SYSTEM OF SLAVERY; to open a vast and profitable SLAVEMARKET; and, ultimately, to annex it to the United States.
STANFORD HISTORY EDUCATION GROUP sheg.stanford.edu Guiding Questions: Texas RevolutionRound 1: Read Document A and Document B, and then answer the questions below.