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Crockett, David (1786-1836) to Charles Schultz

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01162 Author/Creator: Crockett, David (1786-1836) Place Written: Washington City Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 December 1834 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Complains of Jackson and Van Buren, and of "Volunteer Slaves" (i.e., paid industrial labor) in the North. Crockett writes that if Van Buren is elected President, "I will leave the united States ... I will go to the wildes of Texas."


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Industry, American West, President Politics, Texas, Slavery, Westward Expansion

Sub Era: Age of Jackson