Texas, New Mexico, and the Compromise of 1850: Boundary Dispute and Sectional Crisis

Texas, New Mexico, and the Compromise of 1850: Boundary Dispute and Sectional Crisis

by Mark J. Stegmaier
     
 

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Writing from the vantage point of the Texas–New Mexico boundary issue, Mark J. Stegmaier provides definitive analysis of the dispute settled by the last great accord on sectional issues between North and South—the Compromise of 1850. Considering the crisis’s overall implication for the Civil War, he meticulously examines Texas and New Mexico

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Writing from the vantage point of the Texas–New Mexico boundary issue, Mark J. Stegmaier provides definitive analysis of the dispute settled by the last great accord on sectional issues between North and South—the Compromise of 1850. Considering the crisis’s overall implication for the Civil War, he meticulously examines Texas and New Mexico documents, U.S. government records, maps, newspapers—particularly reports by Washington correspondents—and collections of personal letters. In addition, he introduces a revisionist analysis of roll-call voting in the U.S. Congress and Texas legislature. Stegmaier recounts how, with the support of Southern radicals, Texas attempted to extend its jurisdiction despite opposition from New Mexicans and U.S. political leaders. Threatened by military occupation, New Mexicans countered by seeking free-state status, while Presidents Taylor and Fillmore committed U.S. forces to defend the territory against a Texas attack.

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An analysis of the Texas-New Mexico boundary dispute, the compromise, and the implications for the Civil War, plus a revisionist analysis of roll call voting in the US Congress and the Texas legislature, drawing on state documents, US government records, maps, letters, and newspaper accounts. For students of the Civil War era. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873385299
Publisher:
Kent State University Press
Publication date:
06/01/1996
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.39(h) x 1.27(d)
Lexile:
1530L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Mark J. Stegmaier is professor of history at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he has taught since 1975. Currently he is researching a book on Congress during the 1860–61 secession crisis.

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