Storm Over Texas Summary

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Laura Sell
DCUSH- period 1
27 November 2017
Storm over Texas Book Review Storm over Texas: The Annexation controversy and the road to Civil War by Joel H. Silbey is a comprehensive read about the journey of Texas becoming a part of the United States. The author, Joel H. Silbey, discusses the challenges and wars the people of Texas faced and how they eventually concurred them and gained independent from Mexico and then the journey of annexation into the United States. Through the book, Storm over Texas, he shares the historical events that shaped Texas and the United States and how they grew to where they are today, economically and geographically. In the Spring of 1844, there were many political conflicts effected both Texas and the Union.
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Daniel Barnard states that, “as certain as truth and God exist, the admission of Texas into the Union will prove, sooner or later, an element of overwhelming ruin to the republic…” (Silbey xvii). His statement that when Texas is admitted to the Union, that the republic will be overwhelming foreshadows the thesis that Texas has an enormous effect on the Union politically. For instance, Texas influences the Union from 1844 to close the Mexican- American War and its aftermath, through the political peaks and drops accompanied by the spread of slavery and free. When Texas was annexed into the Union, there was much sectional animosity within the Jacksonian-era national politics. Texas caused a transformation of North vs South antagonism and moved the United States toward the Civil War. This quote that Daniel Barnard said is appropriate for the book because it foreshadows one of the thesis within the book, Storm over Texas. The author also explains this thesis from a Texans point of view. A first-class person explains that, “a sudden, resounding fire bell in the …show more content…
The leadership of both major political parties opposed the introduction of Texas. The democratic party was led by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison who supported a strict interpretation of the Constitution, neutral relations with European powers, and stronger state government. They also believed that the economy should be based on agriculture and opposed the creation of the national bank. The Whigs were created in 1834 that opposed the Democratic views and was led by Andrew Jackson. They believed in a strong national bank, strong federal government, and economic protection and tariffs. These two political parties had the exact opposite views of how the country should be run. By the two parties having different views, it caused many arguments and they were forced to create many compromises. The “Texas annexation was mainly a partisan rather than sectional issue, with Democrats from both South and North in favor and most Whigs in both sections against it” (Silbey xi). This quote is significant to the book because it shows the major problems of political parties in the United States. The political aspects of the annexation of Texas effected how the United States resolved the problems following Texas’s annexation such as, the ongoing conflict of slavery and free people. There were also many disagreements that politicians had to resolve. For example, people tried to get treaties passed to annex

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