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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Texas Slave Laws Collection, 1853-1856



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Undetermined creator
Title: Texas slave laws collection
Dates: 1853-1856
Abstract: A typescript compilation of newspaper articles relating to slavery in Texas comprises the Texas Slave Laws, 1853-1856.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01847
Extent: 1 item
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

In September 1856, the residents of Columbus, Texas, formed a vigilance committee to locally investigate rumors of a possible nation-wide slave insurrection. Supposedly, they uncovered a well-organized and well-armed slave plot to murder the white population of the town, producing a cache of guns and knives as evidence. Following the insurrection, the slaves would flee to Mexico. Furthermore, the town residents claimed that the entire Mexican population of the county was also involved in the plot. The committee whipped two slaves to death, hanged the three ringleaders, and banished all Mexicans from the county.

Source: Wish, Harvey. "The Slave Insurrection Panic of 1856." The Journal of Southern History5, no. 2 (May 1939), http://www.jstor.org/stable/2191583?seq=1 (accessed August 2, 2010).

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Scope and Contents

A typescript compilation of newspaper articles relating to slavery in Texas comprises the Texas Slave Laws, 1853-1856. The typescript includes letters from the Columbus Vigilance Committee and articles published in the Galveston News in 1856, pertaining to their discovery of a planned slave uprising. Additionally, the typescript contains the published minutes of a Galveston public meeting in 1856, including an open letter addressed to Lorenzo Sherwood, the abolitionist state legislator from Galveston. The remainder of the typescript contains slave advertisements and fugitive slave notices from numerous towns in Texas, including Austin, Indianola, Huntsville, and Bastrop.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Sherwood, Lorenzo, 1810-1889
Corporate Names
Galveston news (Galveston, Tex. : 1843)
Subjects
Slave insurrections
Slavery
Places
Austin
Bastrop
Galveston
Huntsville
Indianola
Texas

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas Slave Laws Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project," 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

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2J186 [SRH1230008442] Texas Slave Laws

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