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A brief history of racism in #Southlake @Carrollisd 🧵 #flashbackfriday #texashistory #HB3979 Image
"By the 1860s, there were lots of things around here for settlers to fight- illness, insects, hardship, Comanche Indians, and starting in 1861, the Yankees." (Images of America: Southlake by Connie Cooley and the Southlake Historical Society) Image
Early Southlake settler Spencer Graham is lauded by the United Confederate Veterans (UCV) for "citizenship, military service, character, and Christian qualities." (Images of America: Southlake by Connie Cooley and the Southlake Historical Society) Image
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I was reminded today of how important it is to teach "basics." I devoted today's #TexasHistory class @SMU to 2 documents that explain why southern secessionists formed the Confederacy in 1861: the Texas Declaration of Causes & Alexander Stephens' Corner Stone speech. Basics. /1
The TX Declaration of Causes is short & clear. The "federal government" & "non-slaveholding states" had committed many offenses. The most severe one: their "hostility to these Southern States & their beneficent & patriarchal system of African slavery." /2
The "Corner Stone" speech, by Alexander Stephens (VP Confederacy) shocks me every time. He claims that the "leading statesmen" who wrote the Constitution believed slavery was a "violation of nature." "They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error."/3
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