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Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Sam Houston and the Knights of the Golden Circle

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  • Bob Huddleston
    Using the census archive at the University of Virginia, 28% of Texas families owned slaves. By comparison, in 1950 only about 2% of American families owned
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      Using the census archive at the University of Virginia, 28% of Texas families owned slaves. By comparison, in 1950 only about 2% of American families owned corporate stock valued as much as the value of a slave. See how many people voted for the Socialist party in 1948 or 52. Indeed, today fewer than half of American families own any stock, let alone more than $1000.

      In decreasing order, family slave ownership in 1860 was:
      Mississippi                                    49%
      South Carolina                              48%
      Georgia                                         37%
      Alabama                                       35%
      Florida                                          34%
      Louisiana                                      29%
      Texas & North Carolina                28% each
      Virginia                                          26%
      Tennessee                                    25%
      Kentucky                                    23%
      Arkansas                                    20%
      Missouri                                     13%
      Maryland                                   12%
      Delaware                                     3%

      You may notice a pattern here! :>)
       

      Tremont House Hotel

      Galveston, Texas

      April 19, 1861

       

      Excerpt..................

       

      You may, after the sacrifice of countless millions of treasure, and hundreds of thousands of precious lives, as a bare possibility, win Southern independence, if God be not against you; but I doubt it.

       

      I tell you that, while I believe with you in the doctrine of States rights, the North is determined to preserve this Union . They are not fiery impulsive people as you are, for they live in cooler climates.

       

      But when they begin to move in a given direction, where great interests are involved, such as the present issues before the country, they move with steady momentum and perseverance of a mighty avalanche, and what I fear is they will overwhelm the South with ignoble defeat.

                                                                                                                               ---Sam Houston
      Take care,
      
      Bob
      
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      The Civil War can be described as the kudzu vine of American historiography: books about it will grow anywhere, in vast numbers.


      William H Keene wrote:

      --- In civilwarwest@ yahoogroups. com, "cherokeeraven"
      <SouthernCherokee@ ...> wrote:
      > ...
      > Of the 400,000 whites living in Texas, 95 percent owned no slaves

      About 3/4 of the 400,000 whites were women or children, some of whom
      were married to or children of slave owners.

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