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Buchanan, James (1791-1868) to Edward D. Gazzam re: American interests better served by Texas independence

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02104 Author/Creator: Buchanan, James (1791-1868) Place Written: Washington Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1844/02/03 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written as Senator from Pennsylvania, regarding the bill for admission of Texas to the Union and South Carolina's opposition to another Tariff bill. Buchanan argues that an independent Texas would be better for America unless Great Britain were to annex it. He also dismisses South Carolina's (and Calhoun's) complaint that the Tariff impoverished the South by pointing to cheap cotton production in newer states like Mississippi or Alabama. (Recent historians agree with him.)

People: Buchanan, James, 1791-1868.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: President Congress, Texas, Westward Expansion, American West, Statehood, Law, Taxes or Taxation, Commerce, Merchants and Trade, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Freedom and Independence, Cotton

Sub Era: Age of Jackson