The 's Study Of Roger Q. Mills Essay

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The evidence of moderates tending to fluctuate between each group (factions) depending on certain circumstance becomes evident during Alwyn Bahr’s study of Roger Q. Mills. Bahr analysis of a young lawyer and politician, who first supported the Southern Whig’s and then the Know-Nothing party, before joining the moderate Democrat’s and their fight for secession. He argues that Roger Mills demonstrates the political characteristics “typical of the young Texas and southern politicians who, although not long-term fire-eaters, provided much of the leadership and backbone of the secession movement at the local level.” Bahr provides a detailed history of Mills family heritage dating back to Jamestown, Virginia in 1620, and their association with slaveholding tobacco planters. Mills’ family moved westward to different counties in Kentucky cultivating “tobacco, corn, and sorghum,” while acquiring some slaves. Bahr argues that due to Mills’ family heritage and his “predominantly southern culture” upbringing, it provides an understanding as to why he initially supported the Whig party and then transitioned to becoming a secessionist. Mills’ originally backed Sam Houston’s bid for the governorship in 1857, later turn against him and supported his rival Louis T. Wigfall for the Senate seat in 1858. Although Navarro County supported Houston in 1859, they elected the Democratic Mills to the Eighth Legislature. Mills becomes active in the Democratic party, by supporting…

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