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The Resource Cotton empire : slavery and the Texas borderlands, 1820-1837, Andrew Jonathan Torget

Cotton empire : slavery and the Texas borderlands, 1820-1837, Andrew Jonathan Torget

Label
Cotton empire : slavery and the Texas borderlands, 1820-1837
Title
Cotton empire
Title remainder
slavery and the Texas borderlands, 1820-1837
Statement of responsibility
Andrew Jonathan Torget
Title variation
Slavery and the Texas borderlands, 1820-1837
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This dissertation explored the role that slave-based agriculture played in the transformation of the Texas borderlands from a Mexican province during the 1820s into an independent slaveholders' republic during the 1830s. That transformation occurred because of two powerful forces that overlapped in Texas--the cotton economy of the southern United States and the government of Mexico--whose complex interactions reshaped Mexico's far-northern frontier into an American slaveholding society. This process began when the massive expansion of the cotton economy in the southern United States during the nineteenth century pushed some Americans to seek cheap cotton lands in Mexican territory. Mexico's government encouraged this transnational migration during the early 1820s out of a desperate need to populate their northern frontier (something the Spanish had failed to do). When those expatriate Americans insisted, however, that slavery serve as a labor system underlying the growth of cotton farming in northeastern Mexico, battles over the institution became central to fights among Mexicans and Americans about the future of the U.S.-Mexican borderlands. There was no one position on slavery within Mexico; different groups with varying levels of investment in the institution held different perspectives. Mexicans closest to Anglo settlements in Texas formed political coalitions with Americans to protect slavery, while Mexicans in other parts of the nation sought to abolish the institution. Because Mexico's early government adopted a federal political system, competing perspectives about slavery were put into conflict with one another among Mexicans at the local, state, and national levels. As a result, anti-slavery Mexicans were never able to stamp out the institution in Texas, although neither were pro-slavery Mexicans and Americans able to secure the outright support of the government for their slaveholding society. Battles over slavery and American colonization thus became entangled in larger fights within Mexico over federalism, battles which led to the 1836 Texas revolution. By 1837, these struggles had produced a weak, but committed, slaveholding society in the borderlands between the United States and Mexico, when Texas emerged as the most unlikely creation: and independent republic of American slaveholders built beyond the borders of the United States
Cataloging source
VA@
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1978-
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Torget, Andrew J.
Degree
Ph. D.
Dissertation year
2009.
Granting institution
University of Virginia
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • theses
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  • Cotton growing
  • Slavery
  • Cotton growing
  • Slavery
  • Cotton growing
  • Slavery
  • Cotton growing
  • Slavery
  • Mexican-American Border Region
  • Texas
  • Mexico, North
  • North America
  • Mexico, North
  • Texas
Label
Cotton empire : slavery and the Texas borderlands, 1820-1837, Andrew Jonathan Torget
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Publication
Note
  • "Presented to the Graduate Faculty of the University of Virginia in Candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy"--Title page
  • "UMI Number: 3400845"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Control code
ocn650530283
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xi, 272 pages
Other physical details
ill., maps (some col.)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)650530283
  • (Sirsi) a1948473
Label
Cotton empire : slavery and the Texas borderlands, 1820-1837, Andrew Jonathan Torget
Publication
Note
  • "Presented to the Graduate Faculty of the University of Virginia in Candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy"--Title page
  • "UMI Number: 3400845"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Control code
ocn650530283
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xi, 272 pages
Other physical details
ill., maps (some col.)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)650530283
  • (Sirsi) a1948473

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