White settlers who came to Texas in the 1830s received 80 acres of land for every enslaved person they brought with them. I'm assuming this will be covered in the 1836 Project, yes?
A significant motivating factor for the Texas Revolution was that the Mexican government had declared slavery illegal, which rubbed the Anglo settlers the wrong way, because freedom. tshaonline.org/handbook/entri…
Section 9 of the 1836 Texas State Constitution. All persons of color who were slaves for life previous to th
In 1840 there were ~11,000 enslaved people in Texas.
In 1850 there were ~58,000 enslaved people in Texas.
In 1860 there were ~182,000 enslaved people in Texas, which comprised about 30% of the state's total population.
This is the language Gov. Abbott’s predecessors used in 1861 to justify their decision to secede from the Union.
Some language in the bill. Curious to see how the legacy of the booming antebellum economy based on slave labor will be covered in that pamphlet of theirs celebrating the founding of the state.
Some data pertaining to the percentage of Texas’ leaders’ wealth in 1860 that took the form of human beings.
With very few exceptions, to be prosperous and powerful in Texas before 1860 meant that you owned and exploited the labor of enslaved people.
In the 1850s about 1/4 of white Texas families owned enslaved people. But enslavers held 73% of the state's wealth and dominated Texas society, law, and politics.
I haven't even mentioned the violent dispossession of Native Americans in the nineteenth century, which was another important aspect of Texas's development into an "economically prosperous" state for white people. statesman.com/story/news/his…
None of the white people who currently live in Texas are responsible for these actions that were taken over 140 years ago. But it is the responsibility of a state's leaders to speak honestly about its past. Whitewashing history serves only to perpetuate historical injustices.
Teaching rising generations the truth about history won't magically make everything better. But it will at least enable us to move forward together with a relatively shared and accurate understanding of where we've been.
Just in case anyone thought Texas right wingers don't have a long, long history of these sorts of shenanigans.
Here’s an excellent thread with more information on the history of slavery in Texas.

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