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The Texas Revolution Viewed as a Conspiracy to Expand Slavery

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261.     [LUNDY, Benjamin]. The War in Texas; A Review of Facts and Circumstances, Showing that this Contest is the Result of a Long Premeditated Crusade Against the Government, Set on Foot by Slaveholders, Land Speculators, &c. With the View of Re-Establishing, Extending, and Perpetuating the System of Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Republic of Mexico. By a Citizen of the United States. Philadelphia: Printed for the Author, by Merrihew and Gunn, No. 7, Carters’ Alley, 1836. [1-3] 4-56, [2] pp., printed in double column. 8vo, disbound. Lightly foxed, otherwise fine.

     First edition (this work was expanded from Lundy’s 32-page pamphlet Origin and True Causes of the Texas Insurrection printed in Philadelphia earlier the same year; see Streeter 1216). American Imprints (1836) 38603. Bradford 3092. Eberstadt, Texas 162:503: “Copies with the wrappers are the exception…. Much on empresario grants, one of which Lundy himself endeavored to secure. While entirely innocent of the slightest impartiality, Lundy’s dialectics are fortified with careful personal observations gleaned from three trips to Texas in 1832, 1833, and 1834.” Howes L569: “First to ascribe this war to a slave-holding conspiracy.” Rader 2266. Sabin 95134. Streeter 1217.

     Lundy (1789-1839), a Quaker abolitionist, wanted to establish free black colonies in Texas, a desire that, when frustrated, caused Lundy to embark on a campaign to block Texas admission to the Union. See Handbook of Texas Online: Benjamin Lundy. See also DNB and Item 262, following.


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