One of the groups of people to endure the price of discrimination, violence, and hatred, just to become American citizens, were the Mexican-Americans. The lives of the Tejanos, or Texas Mexicans, were abused and disgraced religiously, economically, politically, and morally due to the prejudices of the southern states and the Mexican War. The name itself, Mexican-Americans, defines these people as citizens of the United States who can trace their ancestry or history back to Mexico. In the nineteenth century, a dominant characteristic of the Mexican-Americans was their cherished Roman Catholic faith. During the Texas Revolution, Texan rebels knew that one way to infuriate the Tejanos was to destroy their places of worship.
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the Native Americans and non-Spanish born), caused an uprising by the common people that was started by a Catholic priest in 1809. It would take 16 more years before Mexico had won its independence from Spain like the US had from Great Britain. The oppression from the Spanish born was so hated, that when the new country of Mexico created its Constitution, they decided to outlaw slavery completely in their new country. This was not a foreign idea. Some of the countries of Europe had already begun to do the same.
Why Texas is so Familiar The following quote explains why citizens in Texas, regardless of whether they are native or not feel a familiar bond with the state: “I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It is a mystique closely approximating a religion. And this is true to the extent that people either passionately love Texas or passionately hate it and, as in other religions, few people dare to inspect it for fear of losing their bearings in mystery or paradox. But I think there will be little quarrel with my feeling that Texas is one thing. For all its enormous range of space, climate, and physical appearance, and for all the internal squabbles, contentions, and strivings, Texas has a tight cohesiveness perhaps stronger than any other section of America.
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The battle at the Alamo is one of the most significant events in the Texas Revolution, as well as in both Mexican and American history. For Mexican President and General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, it was a tale of determination and holding to the principles of a strong, central government. For Americans living in Texas, the Alamo was a venture of small scale Revolutionary ideals; a people should be able to democratically express how they feel their homeland to be governed. As we know, both countries experienced the extreme opposites of their desired outcomes, if only initially. The tales of this specific point in time are many, though some certainly contain many varying details from the next.
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Its constitution guaranteed “the right to hold slave property, the right to import slaves from the United States,” and forbid, “free blacks to enter or reside in Texas without the special authorization of the legislature.” For this reason, many of the Northern states were against the annexation of Texas, as well as the tension it would cause between the United States of America and Mexico. However, on December 22, 1845, the resolution to annex Texas was passed by a vote of 31 to 14, and the conflict on slavery would soon intensify. From 1846 until 1848, the United States would be at war against Mexico, fighting for the territory that would later make up Texas, California, Utah Territory, and New Mexico Territory. During the Mexican War, a Democratic congressman named David Wilmot would introduce a piece of legislation to Congress called the Wilmot Proviso that would further fuel the debate on the issue of slavery. Wilmot, although part of the Democratic Party, ideals would largely resemble the ideals of the Free-Soil Party formed in 1848.... ... middle of paper ... ...wedge between the North and South, but it would also lead to great violence in these newly formed territories.